Fiji confirms third case of COVID-19

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SUVA, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Fiji confirmed on Monday its third case of COVID-19 following a 27-year-old Fiji Airways attendant who tested positive last Thursday.

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said in a statement on Monday that the 14-month-old baby, the flight attendant's nephew, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Bainimarama stressed that while Monday's case is heartbreaking, what is truly frightening is the scenario that could have unfolded if the situation had been handled differently, and the first patient's entire household of 11 members wasn't immediately put into isolation as soon as he tested positive.

Out of the eleven that have been isolated at Nadi Hospital, they have tested six. These six out of the eleven family members had developed symptoms as the mother of the first case tested positive last Saturday and now this little baby. The medical team will continue to keep this family under isolation and observation and test as needed.

The flight attendant and his mother remain in isolation and both are in stable condition.

The flight attendant returned to Fiji from Auckland, New Zealand last Tuesday. He had a history of being in San Francisco, the United States within 14 days. He tested positive for the virus last Thursday. He was isolated at Lautoka Hospital.

To curb the spread of the virus, Fiji has taken a number of stricter measures, including the lockdown of Lautoka, the second largest city of the country. Enditem

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