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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says a breach in protocol in relation to the 53-year-old woman now testing positive of COVID-19 should not have happened.
The woman who was working as a maid in a border quarantine facility developed symptoms last Thursday, but continued working and failed to notify authorities.
The woman who tested positive for COVID-19 this morning has a highly transmissible case.
“Our investigation has revealed that she had an interaction with the soldier when he showed up early to his room as it was being cleaned. Protocol dictates that overlap should not have happened that is why the woman was not tested before re-entering the public. We have to wait and see what further is revealed in the investigation.”
Bainimarama said the woman who is a day time worker traveled between Nadi and Lautoka and also attended a funeral in Tavakubu in Lautoka on Friday and Saturday.
“Perhaps most worryingly she attended a funeral in Tavakubu, Lautoka on Friday and Saturday traveling alongside other passengers by minivan. Her movement using public transport and her attendance in close proximity alongside many other Fijians at the two-day funeral makes further transmissions in the community highly likely.”
The Prime Minister said Fiji is faced with danger and the breach in the protocol should not have been repeated.
He said to limit the risk of mass transmission they have established containment area in Nadi and Lautoka containment including Qeleloa, Vakabuli, and the Waiwai crossing bearing towards Ba.
Bainimarama said new stringent health protection measures is now into effect.
He said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services personnel and disciplined forces have rapidly established screening points and this entry point.
“A 24-hour curfew for the entire containment area was announced this morning to allow our contact tracing teams to trace, identify, and quarantine those who may have had contact with this community case, and lay the groundwork to flush out any other cases of the virus from our communities.
“Within the Nadi and Lautoka Containment Area, higher-risk businesses, such as gyms, movie theatres, video gaming shops, cyber cafes, taverns, bars, billiard shops and amusement arcades cannot open for at least the next 14 days. Restaurants may not open for in-person dining, but may offer delivery and take-away services.
“We are also making arrangements to ensure fresh produce, basic food items, manufactured items, and other items can be sent in and out of the containment area. We have managed this sort of cross-border exchange before, and the Police have been instructed to be quick about these approvals so that these goods can flow as freely as possible,” said Bainimarama.
He said the new measures don’t end at the borders of the containment area.
“Nationwide, schools, including private schools, will be closed from tomorrow through at least the end of the term. School boarders will return to where they reside. If they are in the containment area and need to return home outside of the area, they will be allowed to leave in a highly controlled manner.
For the rest of Fiji, the following restrictions will take effect for at least the next 14 days to allow people to go about their lives as safely as possible:
• No religious services are to be held. Non-work gatherings should not happen at all.
• Businesses can remain open with COVID safe plans. All businesses must require customers display the careFIJI app or they must register their details for contact tracing purposes.
• Civil servants living outside of the containment area who work within the area should report to the nearest office outside of the Nadi and Lautoka Containment Area.
“Unfortunately, that does mean major events on the calendar over the next 14 days, including the Coca cola games, university graduations and rugby matches, will have to be cancelled.
For those outside of Nadi and Lautoka, you have 24 hours to enter the containment area if you need to. But you will not be allowed to leave for at least the next 14 days,” said Bainimarama in his address to the nation today..
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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