COVID-19 Update - 16 April 2020

Increase In Number Of Cases


Fiji Declares 2 States of Natural Disaster


TC Harold

Fiji remains in the state of natural disaster from TC Harold. Also, the Disaster Management Team continues to reach to affect areas with food, water, shelter kits, and medical supplies.

Plus 1 to COVID-19 Cases

After testing 25 samples, today, Fiji confirmed its 17 positive case - 21-year-old man in Vanua Levu. This gentleman is a relative and travelling companion of case nine. They travelled together from India to Singapore and on to Fiji. This individual had successfully completed his 14-day isolation, however, was tested positive at the 11th day post quarantine.


Suva Lockdown to be Lifted

Lockdown of Suva confined area will be lifted by 5am tomorrow (17 April 2020). However, the Nabua settlement will remain locked down for an additional 14 days. 


Confinement Measures Remaining in Place

Experts have unveiled more about the insidious nature of this virus, and the understanding of the disease has evolved, the way we define and contain cases must evolve as well.

  1. Extension of quarantine period to a full 28 days, both for anyone who is newly-quarantined and to those who currently are waiting out their initial 14-day period.

  2. The Vunicagi Settlement between Nabowalu and Labasa will be locked down for the next 28 days.

  3. Lockdown of Soasoa settlement will be extended for another 14 days.

  4. Every other life-saving directive in place will remain in place, such as :

  1. The nationwide curfew remains in effect.

  2. Nightclubs stay closed.

  3. Gyms stay closed.

  4. Cinemas stay closed.

  5. Pools stay closed.

  6. Public gatherings are not permitted.

  7. Physical distancing of two metres from all others should be maintained at all times.


Schools will remain closed until 15 June 2020.


Hon Prime Minister called upon each Fijian to note that:

“Every other health protection measure remains in effect and will be enforced. Every would-be law-breaker can bet that they will be arrested and they will be charged if they flout any of these measures”.


Other Measures Undertaken by Fiji

Around 180,000 Fijians in the Suva confined have been screened by the mobile teams and at our fever clinics.

The Medical Team has also successfully identified and quarantined all of the close contacts of Suva COVID-19 cases –– these Fijians will remain in quarantine for 28 days. 

The public screening will be expanded in large-scale to Nadi, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki, Labasa, Savusavu, Sigatoka and Korovou.

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