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COVID-19 Update

Thursday May 6th 2021

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

The first is a 47-year-old nurse at the Raiwaqa Health Centre. After her positive result registered today, we immediately closed the Raiwaqa Health Centre to the public. A contact tracing investigation has been launched, and all relevant staff and patients are being quarantined. Her household contacts have also been quarantined and tested. The second case is her 51-year-old husband, who has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Our third local case is a 25-year-old nurse working within Lautoka Hospital. This nurse was sequestered within the hospital last night along with the rest of the hospital’s personnel and patients. Since her positive test results she has since been entered into isolation. Contact tracing is ongoing and investigations are ongoing into how she might have caught the virus.

The fourth case is a border quarantine case, a 22 year old male Tongan national who was repatriating to Tonga from Guyana, arriving in Nadi on April 22nd on flight FJ1410 from Auckland – this was the last inbound commercial passenger flight before inbound international passenger travel was halted. He is the travelling partner of a previously announced border quarantine case (case 115).

With these new cases there are now 42 active cases in isolation. 9 are border quarantine cases, 29 local transmission, and 4 are under investigation to determine the source of transmission. The cases under investigation are the second male from Ra (case 116), the 25-year-old doctor at Lautoka Hospital (case 120), the 25 year old nurse from Lautoka hospital (case 126), and the 47 year old nurse from Raiwaqa health centre (case 127). The source of transmission for the recently deceased patient (case 125) is also under investigation.

Total active cases in isolation = 42 (9 border quarantine cases, 29 locally transmitted cases, 4 under investigation)

Fiji has had 129 cases in total, with 84 recoveries and 3 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th 2020.

A total of 60,054 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted, with a daily average of 1437 tests per day over the last 7 days, and 1723 tests conducted yesterday. Our weekly average is 5995 tests per week over the last 2 weeks, with a record 6821 tests done last week. Our overall test positivity is 0.2% and our 7 day average daily test positivity is 0.1%.


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