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COVID-19: Cunningham Family Isolated After 40-Year-Old Woman Tests COVID-Positive

Residents claimed that they saw, the woman go to church on Sunday and visited some of the neighbour’s house.
22 Apr 2021 09:12
COVID-19: Cunningham Family Isolated After 40-Year-Old Woman Tests COVID-Positive
Police officers stand guard at the Cunningham Containment Area boundary on April 21, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will investigate claims made by the neighbours of the 40-year-old Cunningham woman who recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Residents claimed that they saw, the woman go to church on Sunday and visited some of the neighbour’s house.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong said during initial interaction with COVID-19 patients they tend to withhold information from health staff, however as days go by they do get the full picture.

In the present case he said they would have to verify the claims to find out the truth.

The woman tested positive after she attended the funeral in Lautoka over the weekend.

After the ministry’s announcement on Tuesday, the family of seven from Wainitarawau Settlement in Stage 1, Cunningham informed the ministry of their travel history.

Dr Fong said they have tracked their travel movement and out of the seven family members, only the mother’s test result came out positive.

“As far as we are concerned the other six are not contagious,” Dr Fong said, adding that information they had received from the woman revealed that she did not go anywhere else after reaching home from the funeral,” he said.

“The only travel history that we have to worry about is the one at the first point.

“Our other point is the one who is positive stayed home, it was the rest of the family that did the walking around.

“We have tracked her movement and the family’s movement from the time they were in Lautoka, they stopped along the way and we have notified the appropriate people about where they stopped and the appropriate response is happening where they stopped before they reached home.”

He said his team was quick to sort out containment in Cunningham and the other places that the family had visited and the family is in isolation at the Navua Hospital.

Screening zone

A screening zone has been established within the settlement where no one is allowed to travel in or out, and the Wainitarawau Settlement will be contained for the next two weeks.

“The density of Fijians living within the settlement make this area, particularly high-risk for the virus’s spread, so we aren’t taking any chances,” he said.

The latest case solidifies the ministry’s concern that the funeral is the epicentre of an outbreak.

“We are treating it as a superspreader event. If you were at the funeral in Tavakubu, either at the residence or at Peceliema Church, on Friday 16th April or Saturday 17th April and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has not yet contacted you, please call 158 right now,” he said.

“Your life, and the lives of those you love, may be at-risk. Please, pick up the phone and dial these three numbers: 1-5-8. I’m asking every Fijian to help us spread that message far and wide. We are not a big country––we can find all of these Fijians.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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