Over 1,300 COVID-19 tests done in Fiji, positive rate 1.4 pct: minister

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-06 15:33:57|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Fiji said on Wednesday that the country has done more than 1,300 COVID-19 tests so far.

Fiji's Minister for Health Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed this on Wednesday, saying that Fiji's COVID-19 positive rate is 1.4 percent.

Fiji's testing capacity has increased remarkably. The Fiji Center for Disease Control is in capital city of Suva and the freight flights through Fiji Airways is able to bring the re-agents needed for testing.

Currently, Fiji, with a population of around 900,000, has reported 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 19, of which, 14 have fully recovered and the remaining patients, all in stable condition, are still quarantined in medical facilities.

Fiji reported on March 19 its first confirmed COVID-19 case with an overseas travel history to the United States and New Zealand.

To effectively cope with the spread of the dead virus, Fiji has taken strict measures including the lockdowns of Suva and Lautoka, the second largest city of Fiji, and the nationwide curfew from March 30 this year. Enditem