Covid Reps Plan

Flying Fijians team members affected will be absorbed into the French public health system Minister Dr Waqainabete says data shows fit young men have better chance of getting over the sickness
19 Nov 2020 12:42
Covid Reps Plan
Flying Fijians team with assistant coach Richie Gray, during training in St Galmiers in France on November 12, 2020.

The ministry of health is co-ordinating with the flying Fijians team in France to monitor the progress of the 29 members who have tested positive for covid-19.

This comes after the team’s autumn nations cup match against Italy on Sunday was cancelled because of the positive test results.

Minister for health and medical services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said: “the players will be absorbed into the public health system in France. Once they are well and have completed their tour, the team will be quarantined on their arrival into Fiji.”

He said team members, including a doctor who travelled from Fiji, were briefed on the possibilities of contracting the virus before their departure and were aware of the measures that they would go through on their return.

“our Covid-incident management team is working with other stakeholders and are having co-ordinated discussions with them,” said Dr Waqainabete, who accompanied prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama to Kadavu yesterday.

“one thing that is reassuring though is that these are young men and they are relatively fit. And if you look at the data that is available it shows that people in this category have more chances of getting over the sickness.

“we have one of the doctors, Dr Emosi Taloga, who is there with the team in camp, and he will be working with his world rugby colleagues and colleagues back in Suva so those discussions and co-ordination is ongoing.”

The minister said the recent cases were in contact with the initial first few players who tested positive because of the possibility that they were in contact during their 14 days incubation period.

“there will be constant discussions on their wellbeing, but the most important thing now is for them to have effective treatment measures,” Dr Waqainabete said.

With 29-team members of the flying Fijians now tested positive and two matches cancelled, the team’s third Autumn Nations Cup pool match against Scotland next week is in doubt as well.

Edited by Naisa Koroi




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