Traveller tests positive

Acting permanent secretary of Health, Dr James Fong at a press conference in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

A 61-year-old Fijian who travelled from the United States via Auckland, New Zealand last week is the country’s 10th border quarantine case.

In a statement, Ministry of Health acting permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the man tested positive for COVID-19 after developing mild symptoms in a government designated border quarantine facility in Nadi.

“All of these patients are returning Fijian citizens who contracted the virus while overseas,” he said.

“As we’ve previously announced, one of those patients has sadly passed away, and two have since recovered.

“Currently, that makes for seven active border quarantine cases while all active cases are currently in stable condition and will be discharged in accordance with current Ministry of Health COVID-19 case discharge protocols,” he said.

“These discharge protocols are in accordance with internationally accepted best practice guidelines.

“It has now been 117 days since the last case of COVID-19 in Fiji was reported outside a border quarantine facility.”

Dr Fong said as with previous border quarantine cases, the man was under strict quarantine conditions from when his flight landed in Nadi.

“As long as our border quarantine and infection prevention control protocols are upheld, there is no risk to the Fijian public from this new border quarantine case,” he said.

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