Fijian soldiers returning from peacekeeping duties in Iraq tonight will not be able to meet their relatives immediately after arrival. This is a precaution against the corona Virus, COVID-19.
Iraq has 54 reported COVID-19 cases and four deaths, according to the World Health Organization. All 54 cases entered Iraq from other countries.
A directive from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces has warned relatives that they must report to the army’s camp within the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji compound. “Here they will be briefed on all processes and procedures regarding the arrival of the troops and follow on measures that should be followed after service personnel and their family members are home,” said Colonel Pacolo Luveni , Director Peace Support Operations, in a media release.
“This measure is being taken to minimise disruptions to Nadi Airport operations and to ensure the safety, security and wellbeing of all during the planned arrival of the troops.’’
It is unclear at this stage whether the troops will undergo a 14-day quarantine period before being allowed to return to their homes. The troops will arrive at 6pm after a 12-month tour of duty with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.