54 people in Fiji have been tested for COVID-19 or the coronavirus.

All tests have returned negative.

According to the Ministry of Health, 35 of these tests were conducted locally at the newly refurbished Molecular Lab at the Fiji Centre for Disease Control in Tamavua.

Fijians are advised to take extra hygiene steps and practice social distancing to help protect those most at risk from the virus.

The most vulnerable are older people over the age of 60 but the group also includes younger people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

The Ministry of Health is calling on everyone to act now and help strengthen Fiji’s resilience and protect the most vulnerable in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the World Health Organisation, there are more than 168 thousand cases across 148 countries.

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