Fiji reports three more imported COVID-19 cases

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SUVA, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Fiji reported on Wednesday three more imported COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of active cases in the island nation to four.

Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) said two cases are Fijian citizens in their 40s who worked in a mining company in Mali. They started their journey home on November 16 and boarded a repatriation flight from New Zealand on November 19. They displayed minor symptoms on arrival which have now been resolved.

The third case is a 51-year-old male non-Fiji citizen who arrived in Fiji's third largest city of Nadi on November 19, on the same New Zealand flight. His port of origin was Germany. He has a work permit in Fiji and was returning with family to complete his contract. He is now asymptomatic and isolated from his family.

The three individual positive entry tests were conducted on day 2 of quarantine as part of the standard border process.

Fiji now has 38 COVID-19 cases overall, and these new cases mean Fiji now has four active COVID-19 cases.

The patients are in stable condition and have been transferred to the isolation ward at the Lautoka hospital as per standard protocol for confirmed cases. The frontline border and quarantine staff who were directly involved with these patients will all be monitored and tested as per COVID-19 protocols.

Fiji reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 19 this year and two COVID-19 patients have died.

The island nation still maintains a strict travel restriction for foreign visitors as it also keeps a nationwide curfew effective from March 30. Enditem

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