9 Jun 2021

Covid-19: Fiji outbreak spirals out of control

From Pacific Waves, 6:01 am on 9 June 2021

A Covid-19 outbreak in Fiji appears to be spiralling out of control, with over 140 cases confirmed in the last few days.

The country's main hospital is effectively sealed off, after a cluster formed there - with Suva's emergency department now operating from a field hospital at a stadium.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the situation in Fiji concerning, while health authorities there say the 'serious developments' are impacting their ability to respond.

RNZ Pacific's Christine Rovoi reports.

Security officers man a checkpoint at a junction in the Fijian capital Suva on April 27, 2021, after the Fijian capital entered a 14-day lockdown on April 26 following a Covid-19 spike following a "superspreader" funeral event

Security officers man a checkpoint at a junction in the Fijian capital Suva on April 27, 2021, after the Fijian capital entered a 14-day lockdown on April 26 following a Covid-19 spike following a "superspreader" funeral event Photo: AFP or licensors