There are five new border quarantine cases of COVID-19 in Fiji.
Acting Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong says these cases have been confirmed after the test results of the rest of the 105 passengers from the repatriation flight from India came back.
The five new COVID-19 cases are a 44-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman, a 51-year-old man, a 29-year-old woman, and a 47-year-old man.
Doctor Fong says one of them is the husband of a border quarantine case that was announced earlier.
He says all patients are in stable condition and only one has been having mild symptoms but is quite well and is considered among the stable cases.
All patients have been securely transferred to hospital isolation facilities in Nadi and Lautoka.
He says this brings us to a total of 8 border quarantine cases announced since 6th July 2020.
Doctor Fong says all the 8 COVID-19 cases are repatriated Fiji citizens arriving from the same flight from India that landed in Nadi on July 1st.
He says all the passengers on the flight have been kept under strict border quarantine control conditions from the moment they arrived including in government-designated facilities where they were supervised by RFMF officers and screened everyday by Health Ministry staff.
Doctor Fong has again emphasized that so long as our border quarantine and infection prevention control protocols are upheld there is no risk to the Fijian public from this latest border quarantine cases.
He says the protocols to prevent transmission between the latest border quarantine cases and the support staff in the quarantine facilities have been upheld and there has been no breach.
Doctor Fong says as an additional precaution, support staff in these facilities are being tested for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Doctor Fong says the RFMF personnel that arrived in Fiji on 27th June will complete their 14-day quarantine in a government-designated facility this weekend.
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