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Women test positive for Covid in Fiji after flight from Auckland

The Fijian health ministry said the two women, aged 49 and 58, arrived on flight NZ-492 on the December 24.

The ministry said they were asymptomatic and well when they arrived.

The pair tested positive for the coronavirus after undergoing final tests before they left the country's mandatory isolation facility in Nadi.

The two women have since been moved to an isolation ward at a hospital in Lautoka.

 

Photo Fiji MOH Caption: Lautoka Hospital     

UN Human Rights Council elects Fiji’s Nazhat Shameem Khan as president

Ambassador Khan was elected through a secret ballot process through which all 47 members of the Geneva-based human rights body cast their vote to appoint its president for 2021 – the Council’s 15th annual cycle.

A statement said Ambassador Khan, whose presidency takes immediate effect, joins the Ambassadors of the Bahamas, Sudan and Netherlands, who were elected vice-presidents of the Council in December, to serve on the Council Bureau for the current year.

Four new Covid-19 border cases in Fiji

The first case is a 35-year-old man who travelled from the United Kingdom and arrived in Fiji on flight NZ 952 from Auckland on 24 December.

The other two cases are a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman who arrived in Nadi on flight GA 8250 from New Delhi on 21 December.

The fourth case is a 55-year-old man who travelled from Mali and arrived on 31 December on flight NZ952 from Auckland.

Fiji confirms another three Covid-19 cases

Two of the cases are people who arrived from New Delhi on the 21st of December, and the other is someone who arrived from England on the same day.

The health ministry said they are all at a special quarantine facility at Lautoka Hospital.

Fiji has had 49 cases of the coronavirus since March, most of them in quarantine.

It's 255 days since the last case was detected in the community.

     

Thousands still in evacuation centres in Fiji

Relief supplies are getting out to affected areas, but there is growing concern about the risk of disease.

4,035 people are in 84 evacuation centres, most of them in the northern island of Vanua Levu, which bore the brunt of the category five storm.

Health officials are now concerned about the possible spread of diseases like leptospirosis and dengue fever - particularly with more heavy rain forecast this weekend.

The government said work crews and relief supplies have made it to all the affected areas, but items like water tanks and shelter are needed.

Maritime restrictions eased in Fiji

 

The restrictions came ahead of cyclone Yasa which hit the country last Thursday.

The category five storm left four people dead with the northern island of Vanua Levu bearing the full brunt of Yasa.

However, restrictive travel would remain for the Lau, Kadavu and Lomaiviti groups.

The maritime authority said any travels to these Islands must be approved by the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).

In a public advisory, MSAF chief executive Simon Gravenall said all other maritime transport involving passengers and cargoes could resume.

NZDF completes survey flights over Fiji after tropical cyclone Yasa

The Category 5 Tropical Cyclone, which has now been downgraded to a tropical low, has made its way through the Fijian islands and is tracking away through open seas in the South West Pacific.

A team from Headquarters Joint Forces, responsible for coordinating the NZDF response, deployed an NZDF C-130 Hercules from Base Auckland to conduct an initial survey flight on Saturday 19 December. 

According to the NZ defence Force, for operational reasons, the surveillance flights were conducted by an NZDF C-130 Hercules rather than the P3 Orion.

Two die in Fiji from Cyclone Yasa

The then-category five storm hit Vanua Levu and its surrounding islands overnight, flattening homes, bringing down power lines and stripping the land of its vegetation.

The National Disaster Management Office Director, Vasiti Soko, said more than 93,000 Fijians had been impacted by the storm as it swept across Bua Province and the rest of Vanua Levu before tracking through the central Lau islands.

Fiji's Vanua Levu pummelled by TC Yasa overnight

Tonga has now issued a cyclone warning as forecasts show it tracking close to the islands over the weekend.

Many houses in Fiji's Vanua Levu have been destroyed, some families sheltered under beds and tables in their houses and others in cane plantations, as Cyclone Yasa wreaked havoc in many parts of the Northern Division, Fiji Village reports.

Buildings and crops were destroyed on Vanua Levu, Fiji's second largest island, and there's been widespread flooding and landslides.

State of disaster in Fiji as Cyclone Yasa bears down

Cyclone Yasa is due to make landfall on Fiji's two main islands this evening, with winds gusting as high as 350 kilometres per hour.

A nationwide curfew is now in effect and will last through the night.

The National Disaster Management Office said at least 600,000 people lie in the path of the storm, whose strength could rival the devastation wrought by Cyclone Winston in 2016.

The NDMO director, Vasiti Soko, said the time for people to evacuate was fast running out.