COVID-19: First patient did not reveal full information

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama delivers his statement on the latest confirmed case of Covid 19 in the country during a press conference in Suva on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

INVESTIGATIONS reveal that the first COVID-19 patient in Fiji did not reveal full information about his symptoms.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while delivering his statement on the 5th confirmed case of Covid-19 in the country during a press conference in Suva this afternoon.

“As we know, our first patient was a flight attendant in Lautoka. According to his first statement, he only began showing symptoms a day before he was admitted to hospital. Our subsequent investigations revealed that unfortunately, we weren’t given the full story,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Witnesses tell us he had been showing symptoms, including coughing, days prior and that he failed to place himself in self-quarantine. So, our contact tracing had to be extended further back to identify even more people he may have contacted and get them into quarantine as well,” he said.

“This is water under the bridge; none of us should waste time targeting or vilifying our first patient – we all have much more important work to focus on. Most of the individuals we’ve had to contact have been placed in compulsory self-quarantine.”


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