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Ministry ready to review border measures: Dr Fong

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says they will be reviewing border measures after being advised that China is now open for inward and outward travel.

Dr Fong said given the high level of the COVID-19 outbreak in China and the possibility of variant formation, they are ready to review some measures.

He said at present the USA, Japan, India, South Korea and Taiwan have announced that all passengers arriving from China have a pre-departure COVID test.

“Our data indicates that we have a high level of immune protection given the low impact the current wave is having on admission capacity.

“The current wave in China is driven by known variants,” he added.

Dr Fong also indicated that China and the countries that receive passengers directly from China have the ability to surveil for variants.

He said we also have the in-country capacity now to surveil for variants.

“Fiji’s stance is similar to that taken by our Australian colleagues. No new travel restrictions have been put in place, however, we also do not rule out the possibility of travel restrictions in the future,” he added.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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