Family in border quarantine cleared

Acting permanent secretary of Health, Dr James Fong at a press conference in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FT FILE

A family in COVID-19 quarantine in Savusavu, under the surveillance of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, has been cleared.

Ministry of Health acting permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the family members tested negative and exited quarantine measures.

“These individuals transited from New Zealand to Nadi on a commercial flight before travelling to Savusavu via a private charter flight,” he said.

“In line with our border quarantine protocols, they had zero contact with any non-quarantine personnel in transit to Fiji and throughout the duration of the replicated border quarantine.

“The family of individuals, who underwent replicated border quarantine in Fiji, were cleared on Monday after conducting a full 14 days of quarantine at a home in Savusavu. One member of this family has a medical condition which could not be properly managed at a government-designated quarantine facility.”

As per border control protocols, Dr Fong said all family members were tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure to Fiji and were screened again upon arrival at Nadi Airport.

“As none displayed any symptoms of the virus, they were tested again on day 12 of their quarantine before being cleared to enter the public,” he said.

“As previously announced, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services allows for the replication of border quarantine conditions in facilities which have been deemed feasible by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces surveillance team.

“These measures do not represent self-quarantine, they are a duplication of Fiji’s stringent border quarantine protocols, including 24/7 surveillance from our disciplined forces and regular check-ups from our health authorities.”

For such cases, Dr Fong said the cost of border quarantine, including surveillance by the military and regular health screenings, were borne entirely by the individual or group of individuals under border quarantine.

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