The Fijian government has suspended all international passenger flights due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, putting the filming of Survivor‘s forty-second season in jeopardy.
Survivor is currently deep into the filming of season 41 on Fiji’s Mamanuca islands, but a second outbreak of the highly infectious Indian COIVD-19 variant over the past two weeks has seen the government impose new restrictions, including a ban on air travel in and out of the country.
“I want to be clear with everyone: Fiji suspended all international passenger flights from all countries on the 22nd of April, nine days ago,” said Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr. James Fong over the weekend. “We are not labelling countries as high-risk or low-risk—we simply are not taking passengers from any countries at all.”
This is significant news in regards to Survivor, as the season 42 cast was scheduled to fly out last week to begin its 14-day quarantine. The plan was for the season 42 castaways to complete their quarantine while season 41 wrapped up filming. Obviously, the season 42 cast has not been able to fly out and remains in limbo.
“Our quarantine capacity has been directed entirely dedicated towards contacts of local cases in Fiji,” continued Dr. Fong, adding “we need a much firmer grasp on this outbreak” before considering reopening international passenger travel.
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The travel ban was implemented on April 22 and was initially set to be lifted on May 2; however, that date has since been pushed back to May 9 and may potentially be moved back again until the country gets a firmer grip on the latest outbreak, which, as of Sunday, stands at 49 active cases, 16 of which are border cases.
“Given this outbreak’s index case was at the border, we will be revamping our quarantine facilities with additional CCTV cameras and strengthening our protocols to protect against human error to an even more stringent degree than before,” Dr. Fong explained.
As far as Inside Survivor is aware, the filming of season 41 has not been affected and is scheduled to wrap up next week. Although, there is now a question of the cast potentially being stuck in Fiji should the travel ban be extended further.
In terms of season 42, filming was meant to begin by the end of May, but with the cast not even on location yet and uncertainty over when flights will reopen, there will obviously be significant delays.
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