COVID-19 Update – 29-04-2021

Media Release

COVID-19 Update

Thursday April 29th 2021

As announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services today, we have 5 new cases to report.

The first two are close household contacts of previously announced cases, and they have tested positive while in quarantine facilities. One is the 25-year-old wife of the case who stayed in Vunimono Nausori and the other is his 52-year-old aunt.

The third case is a former border quarantine passenger who arrived from Papua New Guinea into Nadi on Friday April 9th. He had three negative pre-departure tests before leaving PNG, and tested negative twice while in the Tanoa Hotel border quarantine, before being discharged on April 23rd. He was reswabbed in Navua as part of our investigations into the quarantine breaches at the Tanoa facility, and has subsequently tested positive. He is now in quarantine. We can confirm that he had contact with case number 95 — the husband living in Makoi — on the day of his discharge from the Tanoa quarantine facility.

We have identified 98 people who were discharged from the Tanoa border quarantine facility between April 12th and April 25th, 82 of these people have been contacted and told to home quarantine. Repeat testing of these people is underway, and the remaining 16 are being contacted.

The fourth case is a 68 year old male in Rakiraki. He tested positive after presenting to the Rakiraki hospital outpatients department with a cough and fever. We are yet to establish any direct link between this case and existing cases. Investigations are ongoing while this individual has been entered into quarantine.

The fifth case tested is a border quarantine case. He is a 23-year-old male who travelled from Guyana to Fiji, arriving April 22nd on NZ952 from Auckland. He tested positive while undergoing mandatory 14 day quarantine at a border quarantine facility in Nadi.

Please see the Permanent Secretary’s statement today for more details about the cases and response.

With these latest cases there are now 49 active cases in isolation. Five are older border quarantine cases announced before Sunday April 18th. Fourteen are recently announced border quarantine cases, 28 are locally transmitted cases, and 2 are under investigation to determine the source of transmission.

Total active cases in isolation = 49 (19 border quarantine cases, 28 locally transmitted cases, 2 under investigation)

Fiji has had 116 cases in total, with 65 recoveries and 2 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th 2020.

A total of 49,996 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted, with a daily average of 784 tests per day over the last 7 days, and a weekly average of 3485 tests per week over the last 2 weeks, with a record 5169 tests done last week. Testing has increased in line with the response to the recent local cases, with 605 tests conducted yesterday. Our overall test positivity is 0.2% and our 7 day average daily test positivity is 0.6%.