17th COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Fiji

A 21-year-old man from Vanualevu has been declared Fiji 17th confirmed COVID-19 case.
16 Apr 2020 18:10
17th COVID-19 Case Confirmed In Fiji

A 21-year-old man from Vanualevu has been declared Fiji’s 17th confirmed COVID-19 case.

Out of the 25 samples tested today, one returned positive.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today.

This gentleman is a relative and travelling companion of case nine (the gentleman from Labasa); they travelled together from India to Singapore and on to Fiji.

Since his return to Fiji, this young man had not shown a single symptom of the virus.

Upon returning to the country from overseas, this young man was in self-quarantine for two full weeks, up until the 5th of April.

He was free of any symptoms throughout the virus’s known two-week incubation period, by all appearances, he was in the clear.

Experts have unveiled more about the insidious nature of this virus, and our understanding of the disease has evolved, the way we define and contain cases must evolve as well.

“From this week, we’ve widened our testing to all close contacts of all our confirmed cases, regardless of whether they are displaying symptoms.

“That’s how we identified, tested and confirmed this gentleman as our 17th case,” the Prime Minister said.

The 21-year-old man was immediately put into isolation upon testing positive today where he is in stable condition.

His close contacts have been entered into separate isolation facilities as well.

The contact tracing stemming from this latest case has revealed the need for additional lockdowns on Vanua Levu.

The Vunicagi Settlement between Nabowalu and Labasa will be locked down for the next 28 days.

The settlement lies along a short stretch of vital highway which vehicles will still be allowed to traverse under 24/7 police monitoring, as no alternate routes into Labasa exist. However, no passengers will be allowed to disembark or embark: No one in and no one out.

The other 16 patients living with coronavirus are in stable conditions.




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