COVID-19: Fiji Airways crew and passengers advised to contact authorities

A view of Nadi International Airport. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

WITH Fiji’s first confirmed COVID-19 case involving a flight attendant, passengers and crew members who boarded three Fiji Airways flights have been advised to contact health authorities.

Any passenger or crew who travelled on Fiji Airways flights FJ411 (Nadi-Auckland) on March 17 this year and FJ410 (Auckland-Nadi) and FJ871 (San Francisco) on March 16 are asked to contact the numbers listed below:

Central Division 2219905, Eastern Division 2219906, Western Division 2219907 and Northern Division 2219908.

In his address to the nation yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimrama said the patient was identified, isolated and tested Tuesday evening at the Lautoka Hospital.

As of yesterday, the patient remains under close medical supervision and is in a stable condition.

Mr Bainimarama said the Health Ministry’s highly-trained contact team –– which effectively contained last year’s measles outbreak with the same contact-tracing methods –– was immediately put into action to identify all those with whom the patient has been in close contact.

“Those points of contact are currently being sought out and quarantined,” he said.

“The capacity of our contact team has been further strengthened by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Fiji Police Force, heightening our capacity to trace and quarantine all those potentially exposed to the virus.”

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