Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama says the government is providing relief to those who have lost their jobs or had their hours cut during the COVID-19 crisis.

While speaking at the Nadi District School in Bua, Bainimarama says they are ensuring life sustaining services like water and electricity are not cut off and are supporting those looking to start new businesses of their own.

The Prime Minister says they are also pushing ahead with construction to provide people with jobs, all while extending life-changing services to more people. He says we will rise above this crisis and yet again, we will prove our resilience and the power of positive thinking, and we will do more than recover, we will emerge from this crisis even stronger. Bainimarama says no challenge will deter them like they have so many times before and they will deliver once again.

He says Fijians are not contending with a cyclone like TC Winston today, but are still threatened by a very serious crisis which is the coronavirus pandemic.

Bainimarama says Fiji acted quickly to stop the virus from spreading in our country and now, we can live with some sense of normalcy, but the economic pain of border closures and lower demand for exports all around the world have proved devastating for our economy.

He says we all know someone who has lost their job or had their hours cut and someone who is having a difficult time fetching the usual prices when they bring fruits, vegetables and seafood to the market.

Bainimarama says we all know someone who has moved back to the rural areas to ride out this economic crisis.

But he says we have our health, we have each other, we have fertile land to provide us with food and we have our ideas.

Bainimarama also says we have a government that genuinely seeks to assist in every way they can to weather this storm.