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Fiji has recorded a new COVID-19 case Monday.
Acting permanent secretary for the Health Ministry Dr James Fong confirmed this in a press conference today saying this is case 19 and is called border quarantine case.
“On 04 July, Ministry of Health and Medical Services personnel detected COVID like symptoms in a 66-year-old man who had returned from India,” Dr Fong said.
“He had gone to India for medical procedures and was detected to have symptoms on day three of his mandatory 14 day quarantine period,” he said.
“He tested and registered a COVID-19 test result last night.
“He has since been securely and hygienically transported to Nadi hospital and is in a stable condition.”
However, Dr Fong said the man’s son has also been tested and they expect the result by tomorrow.
“The man travelled from India on board a flight with 107 other travellers. These other passengers all remain securely in quarantine. As a precaution, all are being tested for the virus.
“Tomorrow marks 80 days since we recorded our 18th case of COVID-19. While this case technically marks case number 19, this is a “border quarantine case” which was identified and securely contained by our stringent border protection protocols. It carries no risk of entering the community.
This latest case is why we’ve been careful not to label Fiji as “COVID-Free”, he said.
Dr Fong said Fiji has the infrastructure, surveillance capabilities and local testing capacities to ensure these “quarantine cases” at the border present zero risk to the general public.
“We believe –– so long as a nation welcomes back its own citizens –– it cannot reliably claim itself free of the virus. But because Fiji’s strict border protections have functioned as designed, Fiji retains its well-earned status as a COVID-Contained country.
“Let this latest case go to show that –– while Fiji may be free of community-based transmission of COVID-19 –– this pandemic is still raging beyond our shores. We don’t expect this to be Fiji’s last border quarantine case of COVID-19. Other countries are reporting similar cases as a matter of course. Rest assured, Fiji has built an impregnable wall of strong border controls, strict quarantine surveillance and capable healthcare monitoring between border quarantine cases and Fijian communities,” said Dr Fong.
Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said no new directive is necessary.
“We've confirmed a border case of #COVID19 among a returning citizen while he was securely in the confines of government-funded quarantine.
“Thanks to our multilayered, RFMF-backed border protections, this case presents zero risk to the public.
No new directives are necessary,” PM Bainimarama said on twitter.
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