Fifty million spent on quarantine
The Vanuatu Government expects to spend over VT50 million on quarantine arrangements for citizens and residents repatriated from overseas due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Director of Climate Change Esline Bule says, “This amount will cover hotel costs and meals for those repatriated during their quarantine.”
The Government’s COVID-19 Spokesperson Len Tarivonda says, “Hotels should charge individuals an amount of [around] VT8000 per night.”
He says, “In providing this support, the Government will spend over VT10 million on 1528 stranded citizens and residents being repatriated in the first phase of repatriations.”
“Quarantining people is an expensive exercise,” he says.
“The Government has spent VT13 million on the first 61 people who were quarantined in April. And the Government expects to spend millions of Vatu again on quarantine in the second phase of repatriation in August.”