COVID-19: Fiji Records 5th Patient, Nadi Airport To Shut Down All Passenger Travel Tomorrow

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25 Mar 2020 15:46
COVID-19: Fiji Records 5th Patient, Nadi Airport To Shut Down All Passenger Travel Tomorrow

Fiji has confirmed its fifth case of COVID-19.

She is a 31-year-old woman who had a zumba class with the first patient.

She remains in isolation at Lautoka Hospital.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said all members of t class were directed to self-quarantine the same day our first patient was diagnosed, the 19th of March. They were each instructed to immediately alert our medical teams if they began developing symptoms.

“Yesterday, four days into compulsory self-quarantine, one of the class members, a 31-year-old woman, began displaying symptoms. During their Zumba class, she worked out in close proximity with the first patient and shared a hug. When she later recognised her symptoms, she notified our rapid response medical teams, who securely and hygienically transported her via ambulance to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital. She was tested.

“Early this morning, she was confirmed as Fiji’s fifth case of COVID-19. who first developed symptoms while self-quarantined. The average age of our 5 cases is just 27.  Anyone at any age can be a carrier. another direct contact of our first patient. We must all remain vigilant.”



Mr Bainimarama did not mince his words about the laxity some members of the public are taking in regards to the instructions set out by authorities.

“To those not following our instructions, I have to ask: Is this a joke to you? What in God’s name are you thinking? While Fijians in Lautoka are living under lockdown, while our health workers work day and night to test and treat patients, and while the elderly are restricted to their homes, these Fijians are spitting on all of the sacrifices their fellow Fijians are making to keep our country safe.”

From tomorrow, Nadi Airport will be officially shut down to all scheduled passenger travel. 

There are currently three flights inbound to Fiji carrying Fijians returning home from overseas, these passengers will all be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon the arrival.

 From this Sunday, the 29th of March, all passenger travel to our outer islands will cease. Shipping lines for freight will continue –– with increased bulk but decreased frequency –– to ensure food and other essential goods are supplied across our islands. Anyone who regularly travels these routes should decide over the next four days where they’d prefer to spend the next few months.

Our ban on gatherings of 20 or more people remains in effect.

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