September 20, 2020

Twenty-eight day self-quarantine crucial to contain the spread of COVID-19

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Fiji currently has 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Government remains on the highest alert level and will advise the public as soon as possible if more cases are found.

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the members of the public who are currently in self-quarantine and those who have arrived from abroad to strictly adhere to 28 days of self-quarantine.

The 28-day self-quarantine measure was announced by the Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama after Fiji recorded its 17th confirmed case, a 21 year old man from Labasa.

The 21 year old was asymptomatic-—meaning he did not present any symptoms of COVID-19-—even after he completed his 14-day self-quarantine.

Given the features of this new case, the Ministry of Health has had to re-strategise its approach towards containing the spread of the disease.

The 28 days of quarantine will allow the medical officers to continue monitoring the individuals for longer period of time and ensure no one is unknowingly spreading the virus to other people.

Individuals who have already completed their 14-day quarantine prior to the announcement by the Hon. Prime Minister will not need to go in further quarantine. However medical officials will continue conducting their regular check ups with these individuals.

The Ministry is also urging the members of the public to maintain a safe distance between themselves and others while out and about and only travel when necessary.

Clean your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Do not share utensils, bottles, bilo and cigarettes and do not spit in open places.

Fijians must remain on guard against COVID-19 and are advised to call toll free number 158 for any COVID-19 related information.

 

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The Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  •   fever
  •   flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; or
  •   difficulty breathing.

The Government of Fiji remains on the highest level of alert in response to this global pandemic. We know that finding cases early and isolating them quickly is key to containing this disease. As the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to many other respiratory illnesses (including the common cold and influenza) it is expected that the Ministry will continue to investigate more persons with relevant travel history and symptoms related to COVID-19.

What can you do?

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to strongly urge the public to not share rumours and misinformation, and to use credible sources for information on COVID-19:

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services website:

www.health.gov.fj

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/MoHFiji/

World Health Organization (WHO) website:

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is monitoring the developing situation and will provide updates regularly to the public.