13 Apr 2020

Hundreds of weekend arrests in Fiji for breaching Covid-19 restrictions

11:21 am on 13 April 2020

Over 100 arrests were made in Fiji on Sunday for breaches of the government's Covid-19 restrictions.

Police say 113 arrests were made yesterday, including a case of alleged breach of self-quarantine.

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Photo: Fiji police

Breaking of social gathering restrictions accounted for 88 arrests while 24 were for curfew breaches.

Police have appealed to the public to continue practising all necessary precautionary measures whether in a lockdown area or not.

193 arrests were made on Saturday for similar breaches.

Meanwhile an overseas-based professional rugby player, who had allegedly breached self-quarantine, has also been charged.

He was arrested after he completed the mandatory self-quarantine process and cleared by health officials, charged with failure to comply with order.

The player is due to appear in the Sigatoka Magistrates Court today.

There are currently 16 Covid-19 cases in Fiji.

Earlier Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said the links between the existing coronavirus cases showed the need to adhere to government restrictions and measures related to the coronavirus.

There have been six cases connected to a 53-year old man, who reportedly ignored quarantine recommendations.

A number of cases had also been linked to the first confirmed case in Fiji, a 28-year-old flight attendant from Lautoka who had been in the US.

The prime minister said it showed how long and dangerous a chain of transmission could grow if public health directives were blatantly ignored.

Fiji police man checkpoints into Suva

Fiji police man checkpoints into Suva Photo: Fiji police