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A high-risk case of COVID-19 within a border quarantine facility was detected on a member of Fiji security forces.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama confirmed this in statement saying Saturday they became aware of a new border quarantine case that could pose a risk of transmission beyond the border which requires immediate steps, from all of us, to mitigate.
Bainimarama said this case of the virus has been detected during a routine test of a member of our security forces working within a quarantine facility.
“We know he contracted the virus anytime from one to six days prior and that he interacted with other daytime staff in the quarantine facility during that time,” Bainimarama said.
“That means there may have been some exposure outside of the facility that we have to manage,” he said.
“When it comes to containing a disease as insidious as the coronavirus, the risks are simply too high to take chances. We have known that from Day One. And we are responding to this case with the same extreme precaution we have employed from the start of the pandemic.
“Last night, we began entering into quarantine staff who were working in the facility during the potential window for transmission and also members of their households.”
Meanwhile, the relaxation of the curfew hours will have to wait until the latest new border quarantine case that carries a high level of risk does not pose a risk to the public.
Bainimarama said they have been exploring the relaxation of some of our remaining health restrictions, including the capacity of large public events and the curfew hours, in particular as vaccines have been administered.
“Unfortunately, that will have to wait until we are certain this case does not pose a risk to the public,” Mr Bainimarama said.
“In fact, we should prepare for these measures to become more stringent if we find there has been transmission to the public,” he said.
“For now, do not gather and do not travel unless it is essential. Large gatherings, especially, are not safe.
We will update you with new developments. For now, stay safe and listen out for updates from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.”.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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