Fiji reports 4th COVID-19 death ahead of lockdown in capital

2021-05-13 09:36:15 GMT2021-05-13 17:36:15(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SUVA, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Fiji on Thursday night reported the fourth death from COVID-19 and four more confirmed infections in the Pacific island country.

According to the Fijian Health Ministry, the deceased woman was from the capital city of Suva who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Her death took the COVID-19 death toll to four.

Fiji reported its first COVID-19 case in March last year.

Of the new cases, the first one was from Suva and hospitalized with symptoms and the three others were administration staff from the Fiji Center for Disease Control (CDC), resulting in a temporary halt of COVID-19 testing in Suva.

The health ministry said it believed that COVID-19 was still circulating in the places such as Nadi, Lautoka, Rakiraki, Lami, and potentially the rest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu.

Permanent Secretary for Health Ministry James Fong has announced a 24-hour lockdown in the containment zones in Suva and Nausori, a town about 19 km northeast of Suva, effective from 11:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, noting a rising number of contacts stemming from new cases in the Suva-Nausori area.

He has also said that when the lockdown in Suva and Nausori expires, a curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. will be put in place in these areas.

From Saturday, the curfew hours for all of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu will expand to be from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. every day. For the rest of Fiji, the curfew hours will remain from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

Fiji has so far reported 165 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 109 recoveries, 52 positive cases and four deaths since March 2020. Enditem