Positive students in Fiji are not sick: PM

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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Photo supplied.
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OUR 10 students in Fiji that have tested positive for COVID-19 are all “asymptomatic”.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nationwide address said all 10 of them are doing well and none of them are sick from the illness.

The Prime Minister said as of Sunday, the first two students had been given the greenlight to be released by the Fiji Ministry of Health.

However, he said our team on the ground advised the students to remain in the accommodation until all of them are negative.

Prime Minister Sogavare said all 10 students are living together in one accommodation apartment.

“Based on the policy of the host government, the students have been isolated at their accommodation with the support from the Fijian authorities and our own High Commission and Student Attaché in Fiji,” he said.

Sogavare said the high commission and education attaché in Fiji visited our students daily.

“Following COVID-19 safe practices and social distancing, they deliver necessary support from food to face masks and gloves,” he said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare said based on the situation in Fiji, the Fiji Ministry of Health is anticipating the situation to get worse before it gets better.

On Sunday Fiji reached its highest daily total of 522 new cases. In the first 4 days of July alone, Fiji has registered 1,743 new cases of COVID-19.

Prime Minister Sogavare cautioned that given the level of community transmission in Fiji, it is likely for more infection among our students, although they have been incredibly careful to look after themselves.

“We have advised all our students to get vaccinated as soon as possible to comply with Fiji government’s COVID-19 vaccination rollout policy and follow COVID-19 safe practices when they go for vaccination,” he said.

The Prime Minister said to protect our people and our country; all people travelling from high-risk countries to Solomon Islands must be vaccinated first.


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