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Contact tracing ramped up with new COVID-19 cases in Suva
4:07 pm GMT+12, 02/04/2020, Fiji

Fiji's Medical teams are carrying out extensive checks in Nadi, Suva and Labasa as part of the contact tracing in relation to the two newest cases of COVID-19, patients 6 patient 7.
 
Chief Medical Adviser Dr Jemesa Tudravu said the person of interest had traveled to a number of locations and been part of several social gatherings.
 
“And we are following up on all his potential contacts and the areas that he and the family have moved around in, in Nadi, in Suva and as well as in Labasa.”
 
In relation to the first three patients confirmed with the Coronavirus in Lautoka, medical teams are now extensively combing the area carrying out testing and additional tracing.
 
This is as the Lautoka lockdown is expected to be lifted next Tuesday,07 April.
 
“30 teams are out in the field as we speak into the Greater Lautoka area with the purpose and intent to see as many people as possible, identify cases of fever and make sure that all persons that they are interested in that they are assessed and appropriately managed.”
 
Health Minister, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said with close to 400 people tested for Coronavirus, they treat every potential patient as positive until tested otherwise.
 
The Minister for Health said it is a shameful day when confidential details of COVID-19 patients are made available on the public domain.
 
This comes after the finer details started to circulate, regarding the confidential details of the two patients, who tested positive Thursday.
 
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the Ministry of Health staff are devastated that someone is leaking confidential information.
 
Health Minister,Dr Ifereimi Waqanibete adding his disgust on the matter.
 
“In my opinion, weird and also insensitive and also wicked has done that. Irrespective of who he or she is within the Ministry of Health, we will deal with the appropriate disciplinary process. We have also informed the Police cybercrime unit and they are looking into that because certainly, we don’t accept that.”
 
Police confirm it has already started an investigation into the case.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS


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