6 Jan 2021

Four new cases of Covid-19 in Fiji

8:52 pm on 6 January 2021

There are four new border cases of Covid-19, and one historical case according to Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Lautoka Hospital.

Lautoka Hospital. Photo: Supplied/Fiji MOH

The first is a 35-year-old male. He travelled from the United Kingdom and arrived in Fiji on flight NZ 952 from Auckland on 24 December.

The second and third cases are a 25-year-old male and a 27-year-old female who arrived on flight GA 8250 from New Delhi on 21 December.

The fourth case is a 55-year-old male who travelled from Mali and arrived on 31 December on flight NZ952 from Auckland.

All four were found positive during routine testing while undergoing mandatory quarantine in the government designated border quarantine facilities in Nadi.

The four have been transferred to the isolation ward at the Lautoka hospital in accordance with the standard protocol for confirmed cases.

The frontline border and quarantine staff who were directly involved with the cases have followed standard infection prevention and control protocols, and will be monitored and tested as necessary.

The Ministry of Health said there's also have another positive case that is considered a historical case.

The 39-year-old male arrived on flight NZ952 from Hong Kong on 21 December.

It said the man tested positive during routine border quarantine testing, however, he had already tested positive between October-December while travelling in France and the United Kingdom and will not be counted as a new case for Fiji.

Fiji has a total of 53 cases since its first case was detected on 19 March 2020, with the last 35 cases detected in border quarantine.

It has now been 263 days since the last Covid-19 case was detected outside border quarantine according to the Health Ministry.