PRESS RELEASE

COVID-19 Update – 05-05-2021

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COVID-19 Update

Wednesday May 5th 2021

As announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services today, we have 4 new cases to report.

The first is a 53-year-old male who has been admitted at the Lautoka Hospital from 19th of April 2021 for a surgical procedure. He tested positive for COVID-19 today. Please see today’s statement by the Permanent Secretary for more details about this case.

The second case a 27-year-old who resides in Narere. She entered quarantine on 28th April 2021 as a contact of one of the cases from Makoi and was confirmed as positive for COVID-19 this morning. The members of this patient’s household have also been in quarantine from 29th April –– all have tested negative for COVID-19 at this time.

The next 2 cases are border quarantine cases, 33 and 46 year old males who arrived in Fiji on April 27th and are soldiers returning from international peacekeeping duties. They tested positive during routine testing while undergoing 14 days of quarantine in a government supervised border quarantine facility in Nadi.

Also, 9 more patients have recovered from COVID-19. So now there are 39 active cases in isolation. 8 are border quarantine cases, 28 local transmission, 3 are under investigation to determine the source of transmission. The 3 cases under investigation are the second male from Ra (case 116), the 25-year-old doctor at Lautoka Hospital (case 120) and the most recent patient at Lautoka hospital (case 125). At this stage it is suspected the doctor contracted the virus from this patient.

Total active cases in isolation = 39 (8 border quarantine cases, 28 locally transmitted cases, 3 under investigation)

Fiji has had 125 cases in total, with 84 recoveries and 2 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th 2020.

A total of 58,321 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted, with a daily average of 1281 tests per day over the last 7 days, and a weekly average of 5995 tests per week over the last 2 weeks, with a record 6821 tests done last week. Testing has increased in line with the response to the recent local cases, with 2065 tests conducted yesterday. Our overall test positivity is 0.2% and our 7 day average daily test positivity is 0.2%.

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