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The first repatriation flight to return stranded Tongans from Fiji which was supposed to start today as announced by the government has been deferred until Saturday.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s office said: “The passengers are required to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding the aircraft.
“The Public are hereby informed that the repatriation flight from Nadi, Fiji Thursday, July 09 is deferred to Saturday, 11 July at a time to be confirmed.”
In a media conference which was stream lived through Facebook the Ministry of Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said the policy has been changed after Fiji detected new active cases of Covid-19.
Fiji now has three new cases of coronavirus following two more positive tests had been reported after 80 days since its last case was cleared.
A 37-year-old man tested positive for Covid-19 in border quarantine, while the second case is a 36-year-old woman – both Fiji citizens repatriated from India on 01 July.
The man is the son of the 66-year-old man who tested positive on Monday, 06 July, acting permanent secretary for health Dr James Fong told media.
Prime Minister Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa told Kaniva News last week the flight from Fiji was expected to bring some medical staff and their families as well as Tongan students in Fiji.
They will go through two weeks’ quarantine on arrival.
Tu’i’onetoa said the repatriation flights from New Zealand would start no later than the first week of August.
Tonga has remained free of the virus so far.
SOURCE: KANIVA TONGA NEWS/PACNEWS
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