COVID-19 cases

Five new COVID-19 community cases in Victoria

Victoria has recorded five new locally acquired cases of coronavirus as the state enters its second day of a snap lockdown.

The five new cases were detected from 56,624 test results processed on Friday, an apparent record for the state.

The outbreak linked to Melbourne's northern suburbs had grown to 30 cases yesterday. Further information about whether the five new cases are linked to the cluster is expected later today.

There are now 45 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, which includes another two recorded in hotel quarantine.

Fiji records 28 new COVID-19 cases

The highest number of active cases of 151 are now located within Suva and Nausori and all of them are in isolation.

Six new cases was reported last evening after 22 cases were announced earlier in the day.

According to Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong, of the six cases,  four are primary contacts within the Muanikoso cluster about 8km out of Suva  and 2 are from the Vunivivi cluster in Nausori.

Fiji records 27 COVID-19 cases in a day

14 of the new cases were announced last evening and another 13 were reported earlier in the day.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said one of the cases is a day patient at the CWM Hospital in Suva.

The largest number of cases is from the Fiji Navy with 22 personnel testing COVID positive.

Fiji now has 127 active cases in isolation, eight  patients have recovered.

Fiji has had 286 cases in total, with 155 recoveries and 4 deaths, since the first case was reported on 19 March 2020.

Fiji records 21 new positive cases of COVID-19

Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong confirmed 11 new cases of COVID-19 last night.

Ten of the new cases are from one household in Kinoya about 8km out of Suva city are linked to the Extra Supermarket cluster.

Dr Fong said the eleventh case is a work contact of case 206 from the Samabula cluster.

Ten other cases were announced after midday yesterday.

12 patients have recovered, which means there are now 108 active cases in isolation.

India records 300,000 Covid deaths as pandemic rages

Experts warn that the real number of fatalities might be much higher as many deaths are not officially recorded.

India has recorded 26 million cases - second only to the US - and is now the epicentre of the global pandemic.

The country is also only the third in the world to record more than 300,000 deaths - behind the US and Brazil.

It took less than a month to record its last 100,000 deaths.

Fiji records three more positive cases of COVID-19

There are now 99 active cases in the country.

The first two cases are from Nadawa, Nasinu and 7-miles in Nasinu.

They are primary contacts of case 211 from Tacirua, who tested positive on Sunday.

The third case is from Samabula and is also a primary contact of an earlier case.

Health Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong says that there was one positive test result in the first batch of 7000 samples sent to Australia but the patient has now recovered.

Fiji records 18 new Covid-19 cases

In its Sunday afternoon update released electronically to the media, the Ministry of Health has asked journalists to reiterate the proper use of its contact tracing app.

Of the new cases, 10 are from two related families in Waila just outside of Nausori town, adjacent to Suva.

Another four cases are from a household in Tacirua outside the capital Suva and two cases are from a household in Muanikoso, on the outskirts of nearby Nasinu Town.

Health head Dr James Fong said early investigations do not yet link new cases with previous cases.

Fiji records five new community Covid-19 cases

The five cases were confirmed at midday Friday and are from the same Muanikoso household in Suva's Nasinu area.

One of the houshold members works at the Extra Supermarket, the centre of a cluster that was the focus of contact tracing last week.

Health Permanent Secretary James Fong says the family strictly adhered to quarantine measures and so there are no escalated measures planned for the neighbourhood.

Curfew imposed in Kiribati after COVID discoveries

The cases were identified on Monday and the ship has been quarantined for at least 14 days.

One of the fishermen who tested positive is i-Kiribati and the other a foreigner.

The i-Kiribati fisherman was returning home after completing a yearlong contract aboard a Taiwanese purse seiner, his last port-of-call before travelling to Kiribati was Papua New Guinea a month ago.

Before reaching Tarawa he transferred from the purse seiner to a carrier vessel or mothership, belonging to the same company, which is the vessel that is now under quarantine off of Tarawa.

Rise in covid cases in Fiji and testing likely to detect far more

The cases, all from Nausori, north of the capital Suva are believed to have been infected via a case from Makoi.

Makoi has been the site of multiple infections since the second wave of the pandemic began in the country last month.

With the Fiji Centre for Disease Control now operational following several days of closure when some of its staff tested positive, testing is expected to churn out more positive cases.

Health Secretary Dr James Fong said a high volume of swab results from primary and secondary contacts of existing cases would be processed.