Fiji confirms 2 new COVID-19 cases

2021-05-15 08:06:57 GMT2021-05-15 16:06:57(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SUVA, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Fiji confirmed on Saturday two new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 168 in the island nation.

According to Fiji's Health Ministry, the first new case is a close contact from the most recent cluster in Suva while the second one is a close contact from the cluster in Nausori, a town about 19 km northeast of capital city of Suva.

The Fiji Center for Disease Control (CDC), which has been closed down after three of its staff tested positive for COVID-19, has been fully decontaminated and will resume processing COVID-19 tests from Saturday night.

To further contain the spread of COVID-19 in the island nation, Fiji started the 24-hour curfew in the greater Suva area Friday night.

The health ministry said on Saturday that the mobile screening teams will visit randomly selected households in the the Suva Nausori curfew zone to make sure people practice COVID safe measures including maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask and practising safe hand hygiene.

For the rest of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, the 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. local time curfew comes into effect from Saturday night.

The health ministry urged the public to stay at home.

Currently, Fiji has 114 recoveries, 50 active cases and four deaths from COVID-19 since the island nation reported its first confirmed case in March last year. Enditem