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New COVID-19 case does not pose a risk to the community – Dr Fong
Test results of other passengers to be out tomorrow

New COVID-19 case does not pose a risk to the community – Dr Fong

Test results of other passengers to be out tomorrow

By Vijay Narayan
Monday 06/07/2020
The Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong

The Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says the 66-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from India does not pose any threat to the wider community as he was in a health quarantine facility after he arrived in Fiji.

Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has tweeted that Fiji has confirmed a border case of COVID-19 among a returning citizen while he was securely in the confines of the government-funded quarantine. Bainimarama says thanks to the multilayered, RFMF-backed border protections, this case presents zero risk to the public.

Dr Fong has also given an assurance that there is no need to place stringent measures in relation to the COVID-19 restrictions as this is a border quarantine case.

Doctor Fong says the man and his son have been transferred from the health quarantine facility to Nadi Hospital.

The man had travelled back from India on a repatriation flight carrying 107 passengers.

The Head of Health Protection, Dr. Aalisha Sahukhan says the 66-year-old including other passengers in the flight were tested 4 days prior to boarding the flight in India.

The other passengers remain in quarantine.

Dr Sahukhan explained that they are being assisted by RFMF and Police Officers to ensure that no one breaches quarantine restrictions.

The man tested positive on Saturday for COVID-19 after returning from India last Wednesday.

The man’s son has also been tested and Doctor Fong says the result will be out tomorrow.

All the passengers have been tested and the Health Ministry is awaiting the results.

Earlier: 


New COVID-19 case in Fiji

By Vijay Narayan, Faria Begum Ali
Monday 06/07/2020
Acting Permanent Secretary for Health Dr. James Fong. [Image: Fijian Government]

The Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong has confirmed that Fiji has recorded a new case of COVID-19.

It has been confirmed that the 66-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday after returning from India last Wednesday. 

The man’s son has also been tested and Doctor Fong says the result will be out tomorrow.

Doctor Fong says the man and his son have been transferred from the health quarantine facility to Nadi Hospital.

The man had travelled back from India on a repatriation flight carrying 107 passengers.

The other passengers also remain in quarantine.

They have all been tested and the Health Ministry is awaiting the results.

Doctor Fong says none of the COVID-19 health guidelines have changed as it is a border quarantine case and it does not pose a risk to the community.




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