COVID-19: Health Ministry investigates potential for further exposure at Fiji CDC

Image: FT FILE

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has, since yesterday, been investigating the potential for further exposure of COVID-19 in the Fiji Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

Permanent secretary Dr James Fong said their medical and laboratory staff had not registered positive test results at this time.

However, he added they were in the process of deep cleaning and decontaminating the centre in line with advice received from the reference laboratory in Melbourne.

“As a result, there will be no testing onsite for at least another 24 hours,” Dr Fong said.

“The Fiji CDC is where we process the vast majority of COVID-19 tests.

“With the facility temporarily offline yesterday, the volume of our testing has decreased.

“The CDC handles the bulk of our testing, and we’re focused on bringing it back online as soon and as safely as possible.”

Testing, however, continued at the Tamavua Twomey Hospital, CWM Hospital, Labasa Hospital and Lautoka Hospital.

Quick facts announced this evening:

  • 1 new case reported
  • 5 recoveries
  • 48 active cases in isolation
  • 6 are border quarantine cases
  • 29 are locally transmitted cases
  • 13 are being investigated to determine sources of transmission

Source: Dr Alisha Sahu-Khan, COVID-19 daily press briefing, May 14

More Stories