Fiji reports 1st COVID-19-related death

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-31 15:51:29|Editor: huaxia

SUVA, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Fiji reported its first death from COVID-19 infection on Friday.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said the 66-year-old Fijian man, who had a history of cardiac problems and returned from India early July, died on Thursday in the hospital in Lautoka, Fiji's the second largest city.

The man was the island nation's first border quarantine case of COVID-19.

The man's son, who returned to Fiji from India with his father on a repatriation flight carrying 107 passengers, also tested positive of COVID-19 and has been isolated for treatment.

There are nine border quarantine cases in the country and no positive cases were reported since July 20.

Meanwhile, Fiji's Acting Permanent Secretary for the Health Ministry James Fong said the man was isolated early and the public remains safe.

He also said the remaining confirmed cases in Fiji are currently in stable condition.

Fiji had reported a total of 18 COVID-19 patients since it confirmed its first case on March 19, and all of them have fully recovered before June 5.

Fiji has conducted more than 4,500 COVID-19 tests since January.

Currently, Fiji still maintains a nationwide curfew effective from March 30. Enditem