COVID-19: Fiji records second death from present outbreak; four new cases include Fiji CDC staff

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary, Dr. James Fong. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

Fiji has recorded its second death from this outbreak of COVID-19 while reporting four more new positive cases, three of whom are administration staff of the Fiji Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

The deceased is a woman from the recent Makoi cluster who was entered into intensive care last night after her condition rapidly deteriorated.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the woman’s family has been informed of her passing before the national announcement tonight.

As for the four new cases, the first is from Makoi and presented to Oceania Hospital with symptoms.

“At this early stage of the investigation, this case has no known links to other cases,” Dr Fong said.

“The Oceania Hospital outpatients department was temporarily closed yesterday for contact tracing and decontamination. Anyone who potentially had contact with this case at the hospital has been quarantined.”

The second case is also from Makoi and he is an administration staff member of Fiji CDC.

Dr Fong said according to Fiji CDC protocol, the man was tested after returning this week from annual leave.

He says the next two cases are also administrative staff at the Fiji CDC who had tested negative during routine testing earlier this week but tested positive as part of contact tracing for this new case.

He added the three staff members who had tested positive for the virus had been transferred to isolation facilities.

“Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in – as would be an expected consequence of community transmission.

“Apart from these three cases, all other Fiji CDC staff have tested negative so far, including all of the laboratory and medical staff in the centre.”

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