COVID-19 Fiji: Six travellers test positive during mandatory

The Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong. Picture: FILE/ JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Six travellers to Fiji have tested positive for COVID-19 since the opening of international travel borders to travel partner countries.

The cases were detected during the mandatory three-day hotel stay and testing.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said in accordance with entry requirements, all cases had tested negative in the 72 hours before departure and were fully vaccinated.

He said all cases were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, had been isolated within hotels with protocols that had been established in the lead-up to border opening, and continued to be overseen by the ministry in the Western Division.

He added the positive samples would be sent to their partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing.

“We need to be clear that the objectives of our border measures as they relate to socio-economic recovery. The objective is to reduce the risk of entry of COVID 19 through our borders while allowing for quarantine-free travel from travel partner countries,” Dr Fong said.

“This includes reducing the risk of entry of variants of concern or at least delaying entry. Mitigation of this risk has also been through the designation of travel partner countries and non-travel partner countries.”

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