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There Are No COVID-19 Cases In The North- Ministry Of Health

After consultations with our in-country experts and the WHO, we can confirm this was indeed a false positive test result, a rare occurrence that has been known to happen worldwide.
18 May 2021 17:06
There Are No COVID-19 Cases In The North- Ministry Of Health

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services flagged a potential case of COVID-19 yesterday in the Northern Division after an individual residing in Labasa initially registered a weak positive COVID-19 test result for a sample tested at the Labasa hospital laboratory.

Two retests of the same sample generated negative results at the same lab.

While we suspected this was a false positive given the unusual nature of the test results, we immediately took preventative action to cordon off the area in which the individual resided, as well as sections of Labasa Hospital.

We also isolated the individual and quarantined and tested his close contacts. They have all since tested negative.

A repeat swab was taken for the gentleman, it has also tested negative.

A swab taken two days before the weak positive swab has also tested negative at Fiji CDC.

The patient has never displayed any COVID-like symptoms.

After consultations with our in-country experts and the WHO, we can confirm this was indeed a false positive test result, a rare occurrence that has been known to happen worldwide.

“We have protocols in place to identify these rare occurrences when they happen, and these protocols have functioned well in this case. There are no COVID-19 cases detected in the Northern Division.

The containment zones established in response to this case are no longer in force.

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