61-year-old is latest COVID-19 fatality

August 26, 2020 6:35 am

Fiji’s second COVID-19 related death is a 61-year-old man who arrived into the country on August 6th.

The man arrived in Fiji from Sacramento, California on a repatriation flight where he was immediately entered into quarantine.

The Health Ministry says the man developed symptoms of COVID-19 shortly after entering border quarantine and was transferred to the isolation unit at Nadi Hospital.

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Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong says when the man’s condition worsened he was then transferred to the isolation unit at Lautoka hospital for specialized care.

Despite the best efforts by healthcare professionals, he passed away on Monday night

“We at the Ministry of Health and Medical Services extend our deepest sympathies to his friends and family. We feel this loss across the Ministry, and his treating nurses and physicians mourn his passing most acutely. But we all take some solace in the fact that this gentleman was able to return to Fiji, and it is here he can be laid to rest  in Fiji, his home.”

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong during the press conference

Dr Fong says the man passed away due to complications of COVID-19.

He confirms that the man contracted the virus while in the United States.

Meanwhile, Fiji’s first COVID-19 death was a 66-year-old man who died at the Lautoka Hospital last month while in isolation.

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Posted by Fijian Government on Monday, August 24, 2020