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Two of Fiji’s largest cities will go into lockdown for 14 days after the country recorded its first locally-acquired case of Covid-19 in over a year.

The country’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama ordered Nadi and Lautoka into lockdown on Monday after a soldier at a border quarantine facility who tested positive over the weekend had one of his 69 close contacts test positive.

“Unfortunately, that does mean major events on the calendar over the next 14 days, including the Cocacola games, university graduations and rugby matches, will have to be cancelled.”

“The truth is, the success Fiji has enjoyed 365 days of Covid-containment has made all of us far too comfortable with the pandemic that continued to rage beyond our shores. Social distancing has been ignored, masks have gathered dust tucked away in drawers, and businesses went back to operating as usual. The healthy habits that we learned 12 months ago were all but forgotten.”

The veterans’ affairs minister, Darren Chester, mentioned in the press conference earlier that there had been some “robust” advice from former serving members currently in parliament on the issue of veterans’ suicide.

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie would probably be the top of that list.

In my first speech as a Senator, I called for a Royal Commission into veteran suicide.

It’s the end of a long fight. For me, for Julie-Ann, for Karen, for Colleen, for Nikki, for too many to name.

Today’s the end of a fight, and the start of a whole new one. #VetsWeForget pic.twitter.com/RNBZUGyTP8

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