Date: December 3rd, 2020
STATEMENT FROM THE PERMANENT SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND MEDICAL SERVICES
Today we are announcing two new border quarantine cases of COVID-19. These are Fijian citizens who arrived at Nadi airport on flight NZ952 from Auckland on Thursday 19th November. Both are females, aged 75 and 57 respectively, who resides in Auckland, New Zealand.
It is likely that these two individuals contracted the virus on the flight from Auckland, as they were both seated near a person who tested positive on day 2 of border quarantine. They had both tested negative in Auckland, 72 hours before boarding the flight to Nadi, then tested negative again during day 2 testing in our border quarantine. Their positive test results have come on day 12 of border quarantine.
These new cases have been under strict border quarantine conditions since they arrived in Fiji. They are both in stable condition and have been transferred to the isolation unit at Lautoka hospital in accordance with our standard protocol for transfer and isolation of confirmed cases.
During this festive time, the Ministry of Health expects to continue to get more Border Quarantine cases. Furthermore, we have the cyclone season. The Ministry of Health in collaboration with our security forces has made pre-emptive changes to mitigate any risk at our borders. However, we still encourage the public to observe the basic COVID safe measures of handwashing, cough etiquette, and physical distancing during this season. Hands, Face, and Space remains the mantra of the season.
More information on COVID-19 in Fiji is available at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services website: http://www.health.gov.fj/covid-19-updates