Fiji announces new COVID-19 border quarantine case

A 48-year-old man who travelled from Indonesia is Fiji’s new COVID-19 border quarantine case, the country’s Ministry of Health confirms.

The man arrived on repatriation flight GA 9820 which originally departed from New Delhi in India and made stops in Jakarta, Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea before arriving in Fiji last Wednesday, 27 January.

He was one of two people who recently tested positive while in quarantine in Nadi.

The other person is a 25-year-old woman who returned a “weak” positive result. However, the Ministry of Health said her result would be not added to the country’s tally because she had tested positive and confirmed COVID-19 case in Ireland in October 2020.

The woman had travelled from Dublin in Ireland, arriving in Nadi on flight MH8790 from Kuala Lumpur on 20 January. She tested negative in subsequent tests after recovery in Ireland, including a pre-departure test before arriving in Fiji, and during day three border quarantine testing. 

However, as a precaution, the woman and the 48-year-old man have been taken to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital.

The latest case brings to 56 Fiji’s total COVID-19 cases – with one active case, 53 recoveries and two deaths since the country’s first case on 19 March 2020.

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