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 Students To Do Exams In Quarantine

The students were close contacts of people who came in contact with two sailors onboard the MV Island Chief, who tested positive for COVID-19. This takes the number of people with COVID-19 in border cases to nine.
08 Dec 2020 18:09
 Students To Do Exams In Quarantine

Four high school students who are part of the 21 people taken into quarantine over the week­end will be doing their external ex­aminations in quarantine.

The Year 12 and Year 13 external ex­aminations started yesterday.

Permanent secretary for the Minis­try of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said arrangements had been made for these students to sit the examination and he had not heard of any problems.

The students were close contacts of people who came in contact with two sailors onboard the MV Island Chief, who tested positive for COVID-19. This takes the number of people with COVID-19 in border cases to nine.

The ministry will also operate at re­duced capacity until it is established that there was no risk of transmis­sion in the community.

“We are relying on our dedicated men and women at the frontline, pro­tecting our borders, and caring for border cases in our isolation units under strict infection prevention and control protocols,” Dr Fong said.

“But we have seen breaches happen in more advanced countries than Fiji.

“We have watched this happen, and we have improved our own processes as a result.

“But it could still happen here. In that worst-case scenario, our society must be COVID-Ready.

“As we did in March and April, eve­ry Fijian must take ownership over our national effort to contain the vi­rus.

“Until such time when a vaccine is widely available, we cannot become complacent.”

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