People around the country are eagerly awaiting the Prime Minister’s announcement following the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 in Fiji.

As earlier highlighted on Fijivillage, Minister for Health Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete has tweeted that “there is a single confirmed case of COVID19 in Lautoka that was imported from a patient who had recently travelled abroad. He was immediately isolated, where he remains under careful medical supervision”.

He also says “Our team is identifying all those who he was in contact with. There are no locally transmitted cases in Fiji, but we are vastly expanding containment measures. Details are being finalised now.”

Dr I Waqainabete@Nadokoulu

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There is a single confirmed case of COVID19 in Lautoka that was imported from a patient who had recently traveled abroad. He was immediately isolated, where he remains under careful medical supervision.

Dr I Waqainabete@Nadokoulu

Our team is identifying all those who he was in contact with. There are no locally transmitted cases in Fiji, but we are vastly expanding containment measures. Details are being finalised now. More from @FijiPM coming soon.

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We are awaiting the announcement from the Prime Minister.

However the panic buying in a number of areas has started in the country with people rushing to get groceries from supermarkets.

Many parents are even rushing to pick up their children from school.

We are urging people to remain calm and take all necessary precautions while we await word from the government on what is happening.

The Education Ministry is not saying anything at the moment on schools.

Stay listening to us as we will have further announcements.

This morning, the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s Tournament was postponed to a later date after organizers announced that there is a case of COVID-19 in Lautoka.

Marist Rugby Club President, Lawrence Tikaram says they received the confirmation this morning and they have taken this step for the safety and welfare of the players and spectators.

Stay with us for more.

Source: Fijivillage