A new case involving a garment worker concerns the ministry; contact search in progress
The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services has expressed concern over the case of Vunimono in Nausori – a 52-year-old woman who works in a garment factory in the Kalabu free zone.
The woman is one of two Vunimono cases that are close family contacts of previously reported cases and they had tested positive while in quarantine.
The other is a 25-year-old woman from the Makoi cluster case who had visited Vunimono.
The ministry’s permanent secretary, Dr James Fong, said the woman’s workplace had been closed since the national restrictions were announced on Monday.
He said contact tracing for the new cases was underway and would happen overnight.
“… We are looking at all the people she (case of Vunimono, 52) has worked with when she may have been contagious,” said Dr Fong.
“We contacted the management of the factory where she worked, as well as the neighboring factory, and these officials agreed to work with us to ensure that their workers are examined urgently tonight.
“Our plan tonight is to get my teams to go house to house and take as much as possible – at least 80% if we can.
“As the investigation progresses, the same principles still apply – health restrictions may expand or become more stringent lockdowns, and that could start as early as tomorrow night.”
To date there are:
- 49 active cases in isolation
- 5 border quarantine cases announced before Sunday April 18, 2021
- 14 are recently announced border quarantine cases
- 28 locally transmitted cases
- 2 cases are under investigation to determine the source of transmission
- a total of 116 cases have been reported in Fiji since the first case was reported on March 19, 2020
- 65 recoveries
- 2 dead
- 605 tests performed yesterday (April 28, 2021)
- 49,996 tests performed since testing began last year
- 784 average daily tests in the last 7 days
- 3,485 average weekly tests over the past two weeks
- record of more than 5000 tests carried out last week