One more death – Fiji records another 166 new cases


Fiji has recorded another 166 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24 hours ending at 8am yesterday.

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong also announced Fiji’s sixth COVID-19 death — a 77-year-old man who was bedridden at home for several months.

Dr Fong said the man had pre-existing medical conditions.

He also said the family of the man had been counselled and further containment measures had been activated.

Dr Fong said while majority of the new cases were linked to existing clusters, moving forward, the ministry would now report on areas of interest since the number of positive cases had grown.

Dr Fong said community transmission was broad throughout the Central Division.

“In this respect we will post on various government social media platforms, heat maps to delineate case distribution within the Central and Western divisions,” he said.

Dr Fong said the priority was to prevent the export of cases into the other non-containment zones.

“Any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated.”

Dr Fong said pre-departure swab tests and quarantine capability were being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond Viti Levu.

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