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ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTER FOR ECONOMY
SPEAKING NOTES –– 15 JANUARY 2022
I’m sure most of us heard and probably felt the recent underwater volcano eruption in Tonga. We are praying for our Tongan sisters and brothers who are beset by tsunami waves and airborne ash stemming from the eruption.  A tsunami alert is now in effect for the Fiji Group. Please avoid the shoreline due to strong currents and dangerous waves. If you need to move to higher ground, please do so. We’re also monitoring our air quality. As a matter of precaution, please cover all household water tanks and stay indoors in the event of rain due to the risk of rainfall becoming acidic.
Today, we’re talking through our ongoing response to Cyclone Cody, the re-opening of schools, and some additional guidance on our COVID-safe measures.
But before we do, have an important update. This week, following a scheduled medical review in Melbourne, Australia, our Prime Minister was informed by his physician that he needed to undertake an urgent cardiovascular-related surgical procedure. He underwent that procedure yesterday morning and I’m happy to report that it was a great success. He’s now well on his way to recovery.
Per the doctor’s orders, this type of surgery takes weeks, at a minimum, to recover from. So, we expect to have our Prime Minister back at the helm of the nation –– fitter than ever –– by the end of the next month.