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A Border Health Protection Unit has been set up to oversee and facilitate health protection activities and programs at our borders and ports of entry to ensure our protection from the cross-border spread of infectious diseases.

Secretary of State for Health Doctor James Fong says the unit will work with relevant military, police and border control units to provide the guidance and support needed to strengthen our quarantine operations.

He says quarantine protocols are currently being reviewed to define countries and / or areas on the green list and revise the quarantine and testing protocols for fully vaccinated travelers before departure and in the country.

Doctor Fong adds, in line with science, that pre-departure, quarantine and in-country testing conditions for fully vaccinated individuals from “green” countries are expected to be less stringent than the current conditions.

The Border Health Protection Unit, which is responsible for coordinating and monitoring quarantine operations, has been set up on the CAAF site in Namaka, Nadi.

Doctor Fong says their function is complemented by an arrived container laboratory that is located near the border health protection facility.

He says that as a result of an ongoing collaboration between WHO, DFAT, ADB, Fiji Airways and the government, the lab will have the capacity to process around 500 tests per day.

Doctor Fong has announced that the unit will create and inculcate a work culture and a blameless environment that will allow quarantine officers to freely report violations of safe COVID protocols or symptoms of illness detected in anyone at the border.

The unit will also deploy advanced technology and CCTV support that will support and facilitate improved health surveillance and oversight at the borders.

It will also enforce the restriction for inbound international travelers to be fully vaccinated, except in some emergencies.

Doctor Fong says they will also enforce the requirement that all quarantine workers involved in quarantine operations are fully vaccinated.

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79 new COVID-19 cases and no new COVID-19 deaths
Fiji switches to community surveillance testing as positivity rates near the containment phase

from Half TuragaMonday 20.09.2021

[Image: COVID-19 Dashboard]

Fiji has 79 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hour period that ended at 8 a.m. yesterday and no new COVID-19 deaths to report.

35 cases come from the western department and 44 cases from the central department.

Permanent Minister of Health, Doctor James Fong, says with the decline in the number of tests, tests will remain above the WHO recommended rate of 4 per 1000 people per week, or about 3,500 tests per week.

He says they will move to community surveillance testing as serious disease counts and positivity rates near the containment phase levels.

There are now 12,981 active cases.

1,252 of the active cases are in the Central Department, 11,419 active cases in the West Department, 1 active case in the North Department (Macuata), and 309 active cases in the East Department (all in Kadavu).

There were 49,889 cases during the outbreak, which began in April 2021. We have registered a total of 49,959 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.

A COVID-19 positive patient has died.

However, this death has been classified as a non-COVID death by her doctors. Doctors have determined that this death was caused by a serious pre-existing illness and not COVID-19.

There have now been 566 deaths from COVID-19 in Fiji, including 564 during the outbreak that began in April this year.

Fiji has registered 401 COVID-19 positive patients who have died from the serious illnesses they had before contracting COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

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No COVID cases recorded on the maritime islands in the last 24 hoursfrom Navitalai NaivaluruaMonday 20.09.2021

Beqa Island

No new COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Kadavu, Malolo, Naviti, Waya, Nacula and Beqa Island in the past 24 hours.

Permanent Minister of Health, Doctor James Fong, says 53 active cases on Kadavu Island are spread across 13 villages and 1 settlement and are being followed up daily by the health team.

He says thirteen people will be admitted to Vunisea Hospital, 6 of whom are COVID positive and in stable condition, while 7 are negative.

Dr. Fong says the training and awareness sessions for the villages and communities will continue.

The outreach teams deal with contact tracing, follow-up on positive cases, vaccination, and management of isolation and quarantine activities.

Movement restrictions remain in place for Kadavu and are monitored by the police team and the Vanua.

The Secretary of State says the daily assessment of the active cases and their contacts in the islands of Malolo, Naviti, Waya and Nacula will continue.

Movement restrictions still apply to all villages on the four islands.

Dr. Fong says they continue to monitor the 179 active cases on Beqa Island on a daily basis.

The movement restrictions remain in effect for the entire island.

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