Media statement

COVID-19 Situation Update

Last Updated on 3 months by Publishing Team

COVID-19 Update

Friday, May 21, 2021

Case and Transmission Update 

We have five new cases to report as of 12pm today. These cases are members of one household in Muanikoso, Nasinu. One of these cases is an employee of Extra Supermarket. So all five of these cases have been under home quarantine following the discovery of that cluster last week. Contact tracing investigations are ongoing.

Our contact tracing for Case 190 (who was announced yesterday) from the Vunimono/Nadali cluster has identified him as being a potential high risk case for transmission. He is a driver for a security company and was working up until Wednesday, May 19th. Therefore, the public should expect to see extensive contact tracing activities ongoing in the Suva-Nausori area.

There are now 62 active cases in isolation. We have recorded 195 cases and four deaths in Fiji since recording our first case on March 19th 2020.

Screening and Testing Update 

The latest testing data will be reported once a day during the evening update.

There are 2625 primary contacts of previous cases who were being monitored in Suva. Out of the 2625, 1619 have been cleared, with 1006 still being followed up.

Additional Updates

The Kamikamica Health Centre in Lautoka has been thoroughly decontaminated and will reopen tomorrow at 8.00am.

A working group has been convened over the weekend to discuss the requirements for businesses to gradually resume operations with COVID-safe business plans. The recent case detected in an individual working for a security company, which is an essential business, highlights the need for all businesses to have extremely well-enforced protocols that mitigate the risk of infection for employees and the community at-large.

COVID-Safe Measures

We appreciate the identified contacts of existing cases who have adhered to home quarantine instructions. Your cooperation has made our task of containing the virus more manageable. We continue to ask those that are not under home quarantine to please stay home unless absolutely necessary. If you have an essential reason to leave your home, please wear a mask, maintain a safe physical distance of at least 2 metres between yourself and others at all times, and make sure you have careFIJI installed with bluetooth kept on.

We are confident more cases are present in the community. Through widespread adherence to our existing COVID-safe health measures, we can break new chains of transmission even as new cases are detected and eventually allow for lessened restrictions on movement and greater economic activity.