We have not won the war against COVID-19 yet, in our fight we have to strictly adhere to the safety and hygiene precautions directed by our Health Ministry.

Fiji is now a COVID-contained country, the first in the world to achieve that, but we cannot drop our guard. We must remain vigilant and disciplined against this disease.

This was the strong message delivered by the Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama while officiating at the Post COVID-19 Suva Rugby Union Club competition at Buckhurst ground in Suva yesterday.“As we begin our Post COVID-19 rugby season, we must keep in mind that new cases have arrived at our borders, even after we had gone 78 days without a new infection. I wouldn’t call this a second wave because we contained it through our vigorous quarantine requirement and prevented it from becoming a wave,” he said.“

But it underscores the fact that we have only managed to gain a fragile truce with this virus. Our success is a testimony not just to the system we have put in place, but to the competence and hard work of the professionals who tracked down the virus and prevented it from spreading. “I cannot thank the Fijian people enough for pulling together and acting responsibly and with regard for their fellow citizens. They are true heroes in this battle and all this effort has brought us to this day which would not have been possible two months ago.”Today’s launching of the Suva Rugby Union competition, the Prime Minister said has instilled confidence in our communities as the nation returns to normality.The United Nations Development Programme’s Access to Justice and Human Rights-Stop COVID-19 and Gender Based Violence- together with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women and other government agencies have partnered with the Suva Rugby Union to use this platform to reach out to our communities not only to create awareness about COVID-19 but also on violence against women and children, Non-Communicable Diseases and drug abuse to name a few.“I hope these partnerships will create more ways for our young people to develop good values and habits, to harness their talents, and to become proud contributing members of society,” the Prime Minister said.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, as the President of the Fiji Rugby Union, also attended the FRU’s annual general meeting at Lami’s Novotel Hotel yesterday with the message of ‘unity through rugby’.

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