Opinion

Cut the ignorance, follow the law

THE Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama did not pull his punches yesterday in a press conference in Suva. He made no bones about what people should be doing as the number of COVID-19 cases rises in...

4th April

Letters to the Editor: Saturday April 4, 2020

Families struggle OUR best-selling newspaper TheFiji Times has done a wonderful job with its coverage of the impact of COVID-19. I must commend The Fiji Times for this fair and responsible reporting for this is what people look forward to during a national crisis such as this. Our letter writers also deserve accolades for putting...

Great challenges for us all

THERE are moments in time when we will look back and reflect on events that have left an indelible impression on our minds. It’s difficult to shrug aside what COVID-19 will mean to people in the future. Lives have changed, some overnight. On a global scale, millions have been forced to adapt to a life...

2nd April

Letters to the Editor – April 2, 2020

Dr Waqainabete’s accomodative approach A very impressive press conference was held by the Health Minister (01/04). He humbly continued answering questions raised by members of the media after he had called for a last question. An accommodative approach. MOHAMMED IMRAZ JANIF, Natabua, Lautoka Important message The so-called COVID-19 began in Wuhan, China. A month later,...

Editorial comment – Controlling what we can

THE World Health Organization yesterday sounded a warning that will no doubt attract attention. The battle against COVID-19, it stated, is going to be long-term for Asia and the Pacific. In saying that, the WHO Western Pacific Regional Director Dr Takeshi Kasai warned the region could not afford to let its guard down. As we...

1st April

Editorial comment – Some lessons for us all

It was encouraging yesterday to see villagers in a part of Tailevu adhering to social distancing. As COVID-19 continues to take a grip in much more developed countries around the globe, it is truly inspiring to see Fijians playing their part in the fight against the pandemic. At least seven villages in Tailevu yesterday had...

Letters to the Editor – Wednesday, March 01, 2020

Historic issue on a global scale It’s unprecedented and a first in the world’s history and definitely in our lifetime. A major proportion of the global population is forced to be confined at home in quarantine, in response to COVID-19. Whole countries are in lockdown and curfew mode, with travel and movement restrictions in place....

31st March

Letters to the Editor – March 31, 2020

Let’s take heed of advice As we approach the last day of a dreadful March, I urge my fellow Fijians to adhere to advice given by relevant authorities. I must commend the Health Ministry workers, especially the doctors, nurses and midwives during the COVID-19 crisis. For a developing country such as Fiji, with limited health...

Editorial comment – Stay vigilant, proactive

Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete reckons the confirmation of a New Zealand national testing positive to COVID-19 two days after returning from Fiji should be a wake-up call for everyone. We agree. It should be keeping everyone on their toes. That’s if they aren’t already vigilant, and proactive. It’s either standing on your toes or...

30th March

Letters to the Editor – March 30, 2020

Carefree attitude IT seems that since there have been no deaths so far from COVID-19, it has created a perception that only those over 60 and with underlying medical conditions are most vulnerable. The others are safe and will survive the virus. Obviously they are oblivious to what has happened in other countries where young...

Editorial comment – Understand social distancing

It was encouraging to note yesterday that after testing 330 suspected cases, there were no new COVID-19 cases in Fiji. That was the message from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at a press conference in Suva. On top of that positive statement was the fact that the five Fijians living with COVID-19 were all in a...

29th March

Adhere to advice

IT’S official! From 12am today there will be no passenger carriage or movement on inter-island ships throughout Fiji until further notice. That’s the word from the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. This is in line with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s announcement...

Letters to the Editor: Sunday March 29, 2020

Support FijiFirst LET’S get behind FijiFirst to support their effort in overcoming this deadly virus. Everyone please be reminded every human is on the edge of life and death and there are glaring examples all around the world. reminded again it’s not bad weather which has a very small life span. We are all equally...

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