PRESS RELEASE

New Border Quarantine Cases – 20/04/2021

Media Release                                                                   

COVID-19 Update

Tuesday April 20th 2021

Since the last routine COVID-19 update on Saturday April 17th the Ministry of Health and Medical Services had reported 2 new cases of COVID-19. These 2 are a 33 year old Republic of Fiji Military Forces soldier working in a quarantine hotel, and a 53 year old hotel worker working in the same quarantine hotel. Both cases were announced by the Honorable Prime Minister on Sunday 18th April and Monday 19th April.

Today we are announcing 3 more cases. The first, as announced by the Permanent Secretary today, is the 26 year old daughter of the hotel quarantine worker case announced yesterday. The other 2 are border quarantine cases – a 25 year old and 32 year old who are RFMF soldiers who recently returned from duties overseas, and tested positive during routine testing while undergoing 14 days of quarantine in a government supervised border quarantine facility. They have all been transferred to the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital according to the standard protocol for positive cases.

With these latest cases there are now 10 active cases admitted at the Lautoka hospital isolation unit, five are older border quarantine cases announced previously, and the remaining five are the cases reported since Sunday and mentioned in this update.

Fiji has had 77 cases in total, with 65 recoveries and 2 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th 2020. 55 of these case have been international travel associated cases detected in border quarantine. And 2 recently announced cases – the quarantine hotel worker and her daughter are our first cases of local transmission in over 1 year.

A total of 43,241 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted, with a daily average of 277 tests per day over the last 7 days, and a weekly average of 1892 tests per week over the last 2 weeks.

There are currently 800 people who have recently arrived from overseas undergoing mandatory 14 day quarantine in government supervised border quarantine facilities.

For more information please visit http://www.health.gov.fj/covid-19-updates/