Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) today is announcing three (3) new border quarantine cases of COVID-19.
The 1st 2 cases are Fijian citizens who are both in their 40s and worked in a mining company in Mali. They started their journey home from Mali on the 16th of November, to board the repatriation flight from New Zealand on the 19th of November. They both displayed minor symptoms on arrival which has now resolved.
The 3rd case is a 51-year-old male non-Fiji citizen who arrived in Nadi on the 19th of November, on the same New Zealand flight. His port of origin was Germany. He has a work permit in Fiji and returning with his family to complete his contract. He is asymptomatic now and isolated from his family.
As with all prior border quarantine cases, these latest cases have been under strict border quarantine conditions since arrival into Nadi, at which time they began compulsory 14-day quarantine at a government-designated quarantine facility under supervision from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the MHMS.
The 3 individual positive entry test, was conducted on day 2 of quarantine as part of the standard border process.
Fiji now has 38 COVID-19 cases overall, and these new cases mean Fiji now has three (3) active COVID cases. The patients are in stable condition and have been transferred to the isolation ward at the Lautoka hospital as per standard protocol for confirmed cases. The frontline border and quarantine staff who were directly involved with these patients will all be monitored and tested as per COVID-19 protocols.
MHMS wishes to remind the public and those intending to travel into Fiji that our Border Health protection team will continue to diligently enforce our border quarantine and infection control protocols, and therefore these border quarantine cases continue to pose zero risks to the health and wellbeing of the Fijian public.
MHMS and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces in preparation for an increase in repatriation activity at the border are now strengthening the border health quarantine team with the training and deployment of officials and increased supply of PPEs.
MHMS also requests the public to continue to practice physical distancing, proper cough etiquette, and good hand hygiene. The public is also to adhere to all health recommendations and instructions to ensure that we remain COVID contained.