11 active cases of COVID19, and 1300-plus in quarantine in Fiji

Fiji currently has 11 cases of COVID19 – of eight border quarantine cases and three locally transmitted cases – and over 1300 people in quarantine including over 300 primary and secondary contacts of recent cases.

The latest confirmed case is a 40-year-old woman of Wainitarawau Settlement in Cunningham in Suva who is also the third community case, emanating from the 33-year-old military officer after a breach of COVID19 protocols at the Tanoa Hotel.

The woman has since been placed in isolation at the Navua Hospital, and her six family members of five children have been placed in quarantine as authorities cordoned off the settlement and restricted any passenger movement out of Viti Levu, effective from midday today, one of the new health measures put in place by authorities.

All international flights except for medical purposes have also been suspended to ensure we have enough space in quarantine. As of yesterday, 1043 people were in mandatory quarantine, for 14 days, having recently arrived from overseas.

Other measures put in place for all of Viti Levu for at least the next 14 days:

  • Higher-risk businesses, such as gyms, movie theatres, video gaming shops, cyber cafes, taverns, bars, billiard shops and amusement arcades.
  • No contact sport
  • Restaurants may not open for in-person dining but may offer delivery and takeaway services.
  • Supermarkets and shops selling food – including open-air markets – can open
  • Banks can open
  • Pharmacies can open
  • FNPF can open
  • Businesses allowed to operate are to ensure physical distancing is observed at all times
  • Download CareFiji App and keep it in on else details of individuals must be recorded
  • Customer-facing businesses should limit customer capacity to 50%
  • Everyone should wear masks
  • Stay home as much as possible

Authorities are also still on the lookout for the driver and passengers of a public minibus that transported the hotel staff (known as Fiji’s case 74) and another family member from Lautoka minibus stand to Kerebula in Nadi at around 5pm on Saturday 17 April.

With the latest case, there are now 11 active cases admitted into hospital isolation units, five are older border quarantine cases, and the remaining six are the cases reported from Sunday 18 April.

Fiji has had 78 cases in total, of which 21 are community transmission cases – the latest three reported between 19 April and 21 April – and 57 international-travel related.

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