1 Apr 2020

Fiji authorities trace contacts of NZ man with Covid-19

2:39 pm on 1 April 2020

Fiji authorities are trying to locate people who came into contact with a New Zealand man who tested positive for Covid-19 two days after arriving in Auckland from Nadi.

Fiji's Minister of Health, Ifereimi Waqainabete

Fiji's Minister of Health, Ifereimi Waqainabete Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koro Vaka'uta

The Fiji government said it was alerted to the case by New Zealand health officials last week.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said it was not clear whether the man contracted the disease in Fiji.

He released details of the man's itinenary in Fiji and urged anyone in the areas at the described times to contact health officials immediately.

The man had been at the Plantation Island Resort from 11-13 March and used the return ferry to Denarau Island and the Cloud Nine floating platform.

The man also spent the morning of the 15 March at the Duadua Resort and had lunch at the Tanoa Hotel in Rakiraki.

Mr Waqainabete said people who the man stayed with had been located and were in quarantine.

Nearly 50 more arrested for breaching Covid-19 restrictions

Meanwhile local police have arrested 49 people overnight for violating the government's Covid-19 measures.

A nationwide curfew has been in place since Monday, requiring people to stay off the streets between 10pm and 5am.

Police made 49 arrests last night to go with the 68 they made on Monday of people for breaching the order.

Police said most of those arrested were found loitering in public places while others continued to move around without proper documents from their employers.

Essential workers and services are exempt from the curfew.

Fiji police (file photo).

Fiji police (file photo). Photo: Facebook / Fiji Police Force