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More than $1 million (US$500,000) was used by the government to fund designated COVID-19 isolation facilities for Fijians who arrived into the country last Saturday, says Fiji’s Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.
He said those who had jetted into the country included passengers from Los Angeles, Brisbane and Sydney.
Dr Waqainabete said they had been placed on a two-week isolation period in government-designated funded facilities around the Nadi area.
He said the facilities included some which belonged to the Government and some private sector businesses in the tourism sector.
Dr Waqainabete said the ministry had conducted more than 650 COVID-19 tests.
“But certainly we need to make sure that they are also in facilities that they’ll be happy to sit out their 14 days — all these things, there is a funding to it,” he said.
“That alone was for the first cohort that came in, that’s probably costing us more than $1 million.
“But then again it is the Government’s desire to make sure that we are safe and at the end of the day, we are not leaving any stone unturned.
“These things cost money and they have resources that are needed, and again Government has done the important thing in making sure that we have the budget available for it in the COVID-19 supplementary budget,” he said.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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