A New Zealand national has been tested positive for COVID-19 in New Zealand who returned home after visiting his family here in Fiji earlier this month.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed in a press conference this afternoon that the New Zealand Health Ministry informed about this case last night and that this individual had a history of travel to Fiji.

Dr. Waqainabete said that after reaching out to this patient, the Ministry of Health determined that he developed symptoms two days after arriving back in New Zealand.

“Whilst it is unclear whether this person got this disease in New Zealand or Fiji and he did not display symptoms while in Fiji. Out and abundance of caution, we wish to advice the public of his itinerary whilst in the country”

Dr Waqainabete confirms that between the 11th to the 13th of March 2020, this person visited the Plantation Island Resort and returned in a ferry to Denarau and the Cloud Nine floating platform. From the morning of the 15th of March, he was at the Duadua Resort and at the Tanoa Hotel in Rakiraki during lunch time.

The Health Minister is alerting the public that if they were also in one of these areas and are feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath to call Ministry of Health’s toll free number 158 immediately.

Fiji currently has 5 confirmed COVID-19 case.

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