COVID-19: Two new cases most serious development to date – PM

FILE PHOTO: Various N95 respiration masks at a laboratory of 3M, that has been contracted by the U.S. government to produce extra marks in response to the country's novel coronavirus outbreak, in Maplewood, Minnesota, U.S. March 4, 2020. Picture taken March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Nicholas Pfosi/File Photo

The recent two new cases of COVID-19 in Fiji are the most serious developments to date.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while delivering his statement on Fiji’s latest cases of the coronavirus this afternoon.

“It appears that our newest two cases are unrelated to our first five cases,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He said unlike the other case in the Suva area that was immediately self-quarantined and then isolated, there was a high risk that the latest patients had infected others, as they not only lived in close contact with other families in their settlement, but served in a very public-facing job.

“Both patients worked as hairdressers, one at the Jade Salon at FNPF Plaza and the other at the Super Cuts in Damodar City, Suva,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We’ve been informed both individuals stopped working from the 28th of March, but witness accounts have thrown those accounts into doubt.

“We need to respond as if both individuals were working while showing symptoms, and take assertive action to contain the virus.”


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