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COVID-19: 11 New Cases Detected In Isolation

After another 2974 tests, we have recorded 11 new positive cases. The first six are related to the Vunimono/Nadali cluster and were in home isolation.
19 May 2021 20:57
COVID-19: 11 New Cases Detected In Isolation
Police cordon off Nadali in Nausori. Photo: Salmen Chand

Eleven new COVID cases were announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong last night.

All these cases were detected while in isolation and posed no risk to the wider community.

Dr Fong said: “After another 2974 tests, we have recorded 11 new positive cases. The first six are related to the Vunimono/Nadali cluster and were in home isolation.

“The next five are household contacts of a previous case.

“They have been in a quarantine facility in Nausori, and tested negative for their entry swabs while being admitted to the facility, but now have tested positive for their second swabs in quarantine.”

“Three previously infected patients have recovered, which means there are currently 57 active cases in home isolation or quarantine facilities.

“We appreciate the co-operation of the people of Fiji in staying at home, avoiding unnecessary contacts outside the immediate family, quickly reporting symptoms and potential contacts with infected persons, and using the careFIJI app.

“All of these actions will help us contain this virus.

“We also appreciate the co-operation of the business houses and employers in working with Government to implement strict Covid safe protocols and measures.

“The details of how businesses can access approvals to operate under the strict Covid safe protocols and measures are available on the Fijian Government Facebook. You can also email: covidbizpass@mcttt.gov.fj for further information.”

Nadali. Photo: Salmendra Chand

Nadali. Photo: Salmendra Chand

More vaccines on the way
On vaccines, Dr Fong said: “We now have more vaccines through COVAX and will receive further deliveries from Australia later this week.

“By the end of the week, Fiji will have approximately 86,000 doses and will be able to begin its next round of inoculation by next week.

“Our priority will be to provide first-dose inoculation to the rest of the frontline workers including those who have a high level of public contact in their employment such as taxi and bus drivers and those working in supermarkets; Fijians living in densely populated areas; and to individuals who are particularly vulnerable because of age, compromised immunity and certain chronic illnesses.

“Furthermore, we will complete the vaccination process for those who have already received their first dose.

“The vaccination plan includes taking vaccines to Fijians through mobile units.

“This will ensure that all Fijians will be able to access the vaccine without having to travel far or wait too long in queues.”
Drive-through vaccination

“For further convenience to members of the public, we will also have drive-through vaccination sites,” Dr Fong said.

“The locations of the mobile vaccination teams will be announced early next week.””



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