11 Nov 2020

Fiji finds new Covid case at the border

1:54 pm on 11 November 2020

Fiji has a new case of Covid-19 in border quarantine.

The Health Ministry said the 53-year-old man arrived in the country on a repatriation flight from New Zealand last Thursday.

Lautoka Hospital.

Lautoka Hospital. Photo: Supplied/Fiji MOH

It said following his positive test for the coronavirus this week, the man was transferred to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital, standard procedure for confirmed cases.

People returning to Fiji go into quarantine for 14 days at a government designated facility supervised by the military.

In a statement, the ministry said the man had not displayed any symptoms since his arrival in Fiji.

His initial port of origin was from the United States, the ministry said.

It said the entry test was conducted on day two of his quarantine and this was part of the ministry's standard border procedure.

It said the frontline border and quarantine staff who were directly involved with the patient would be monitored and tested.

Fiji's last Covid-19 case was reported on 30 October and the 57-year-old man had since recovered after completing his 14-day quarantine.

Fiji had 35 Covid-19 cases and this new case is the only one that is active.