The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is announcing 1 new border quarantine case of COVID-19.

This is a 56-year-old female who travelled to Fiji from Sacramento, California, USA, arriving in Nadi on flight FJ1811 from Los Angeles on March 25.

She returned a weak positive test result during routine testing while undergoing 14-day quarantine at a government-supervised border quarantine facility in Nadi.

A weak positive test result indicates there was little viral material in the sample. It is known that non-infectious fragments of the virus can remain detectable, and cause a positive test result long after the infection has passed, and even after previous negative test results; it is unlikely that this person is currently infectious.

Therefore, this is considered a historical case of COVID-19. However, she has been transferred to the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital, and the management of this case will follow our standard protocol for positive cases.

With this latest case, there are now 2 active cases admitted at the Lautoka hospital isolation unit. And it has been 355 days since the last case was detected outside border quarantine on April 18 2020.

Fiji has had 68 cases in total, with 64 recoveries and 2 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19 2020. The last 50 cases have been international travel-associated cases detected in border quarantine.

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