COVID-19: Fiji confirms a new border quarantine case

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

Fiji has confirmed a new border quarantine case of COVID-19.

This has been confirmed by the Acting Permanent Secretary for Health and Meddical Services Dr James Fong.

“This is a 61-year-old male Fijian citizen who had travelled from Sacramento in the USA, transiting through Auckland, and arriving in Nadi on flight NZ952 on Thursday August 6,” said Dr Fong in a statement.

Dr Fong added the patient tested positive for COVID-19 after developing mild symptoms in a government designated border quarantine facility in Nadi.

“He has been admitted to the isolation facility at Nadi hospital and is in stable condition.”

This brings to a total of 10 COVID-19 border quarantine cases reported since July 6.

“All active cases are currently in stable condition and will be discharged in accordance with current Ministry of Health COVID-19 case discharge protocols. These discharge protocols are in accordance with internationally accepted best practice guidelines,” added Dr Fong.

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

“As with previous border quarantine cases, this gentleman was under strict quarantine conditions from the time the flight into Nadi landed, which includes the mandated 14 day quarantine at a government designated quarantine facility supervised by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.”

“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.”

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