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    The situation in Fiji continues to worsen as it records another 126 coronavirus cases. Business owners who were already suffering from the absence of vital tourist dollars say they’ve been having to choose whether to follow government restrictions or flout the rules to stay afloat. Eileen Chute, a cafe owners in the city of Nadi, tells The World many businesses are operating at 50% capacity, and haven’t been receiving much support from the government.

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    Fiji, officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia, part of Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand. Fiji consists of an archipelago of more than 330 islands—of which about 110 are permanently inhabited—and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The most outlying island is Ono-i-Lau. 87% of the total population of 883,483 live on the two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

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