COVID-19 Fiji: 177 cases reported; two new quarantine cases

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Fiji has reported 177 new COVID-19 cases for the 24-hour period that ended at 8am today of which two are border quarantine cases.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the first case is a 20-year-old man from Nadi and a second case is a 22-year-old man from Lautoka.

“They both arrived in Fiji on the 19th September 2021 at the Lautoka Seaport in a vessel that visited several other seaports,” Dr Fong said.

“Although both individuals reported to have not disembarked the vessel at any of these ports due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, crew change over at one port is the possible source of infection transmission,” he said.

Dr Fong said the Fiji Border Health Protection Unit is currently investigating this.

“They have been retrieved as per protocol and transferred to our managed isolation facilities.

“Both individuals were noted to be symptomatic for COVID-19 but are currently stable.

“As per protocol, the disinfection process of rooms and linen has been completed by the onsite health quarantine officer and all frontline workers who were in contact with these two individuals have been included on the routine weekly swabbing schedule and the front-liner surveillance schedule.”

At a glance as at September 23, 2021:

  • 170 new recoveries reported since the last update
  • 12,979 active cases
  • 50,377 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021
  • 50,447 cases in Fiji since the first case were reported in March 2020, with 36,460 recoveries.

Source: Ministry of Health PS Dr James Fong, COVID-19 Update (September 23/2021)

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