COVID-19: Fiji records 94 new cases

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong. Picture: RAMA/FILE

Avoid situations that place you in close quarters with people outside of your bubble.

This was the message from Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong yesterday as he announced 94 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in the country to date.

“The new cases are linked to the following existing clusters: CWM Hospital – 28; Nawaka, Nadi – 8; Navy – 5; Navosai – 14; Waila – 26; IMT – 9; RFMF – 3; and Caubati – 1,” Dr Fong said.

He said two cases that tested positive after presenting to the Valelevu Health Centre were included in the CWM Hospital cluster as they had recently been discharged from the hospital.

He said the Valelevu Health Centre had been temporarily closed for decontamination.

“The majority of new cases are a result of transmission in closed indoor spaces,” said Dr Fong.

“Members of the public should avoid any situation that puts them into close quarters with others outside of their household or home bubble.

“If you see a crowding situation, avoid it at all costs. “Even when you are masked, entering into close quarters with others can place you at grave risk.”

Dr Fong said a man admitted at the CWM Hospital’s Acute Medical Ward who contracted the virus, died yesterday.

“While the individual did test positive for COVID-19 during his admission at the hospital, we have not classified this as a COVID death based on the assessment of his doctors, who have determined that he died due to complications of his chronic medical condition.”

Dr Fong said the 94 new cases meant Fiji now had 604 active cases in isolation.

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