PRESS RELEASE

COVID-19 Update – 24-04-2021

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COVID-19 Update

Saturday, April 24th 2021

As announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services today, we have 1 new case of COVID-19. This is the 14-year-old daughter of the hotel staff who has been the central focus of our contact tracing (case 74). This daughter travelled with her mother to the funeral at Tavakubu on April 16th and 17th –– however, she had no symptoms and tested negative when entered into quarantine on Sunday, April 18th. And now she has tested positive on day 4 of quarantine. This indicates that she was entered into quarantine before she became infectious. As mentioned, she has been in quarantine since April 18th and will be transferred to an isolation unit in line with our protocol for positive cases.

With this latest case, there are now 20 active cases admitted into hospital isolation units. Five are older border quarantine cases announced before Sunday, April 18th. Nine are recently announced border quarantine cases, and six are locally transmitted cases linked back to the soldier who was infected while working in a border quarantine facility. Three of these latest local cases were not infectious while they were in the community, we know this because they had no symptoms at the time, and were negative on their first test when they entered quarantine. It was only on their second test in quarantine that they tested positive.

Total active cases in hospital isolation units = 20 (14 border quarantine cases and 6 locally transmitted cases)

Fiji has had 87 cases in total, with 65 recoveries and 2 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th, 2020. 63 of these cases have been international travel-associated cases detected in border quarantine. And 6 recently announced cases are our first cases of local transmission in over 1 year.

A total of 46,423 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted, with a daily average of 562 tests per day over the last 7 days. Daily testing has increased in line with the response to the recent local cases, with 828 tests conducted yesterday. Our overall test positivity is 0.2% and our 7-day average daily test positivity is 0.5%.

 

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