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The Department of Health and Medical Services has expressed concern that travelers are not meeting seven days of self-isolation after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The ministry said existing protocols were instituted for those who tested positive upon arrival to ensure travelers who returned positive COVID-19 test results followed protocols and self-isolated for the required seven days.

Department of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong has called on the public to support the protection and safety of all Fijians by reminding overseas travelers of the importance of self-isolating for seven days if they test positive to COVID-19.

“Although there is a low positivity rate among arrivals, we are seeing positive arrivals,” he said.

“We are also aware that a key aspect of living with Covid is having a strong community surveillance system within the community and at the border.”

Dr Fong said this would allow early identification of community outbreaks and facilitate rapid response.

“As part of our community surveillance exercise, we will transition to the more common use of throat and nasal swabs as opposed to the more uncomfortable nasopharyngeal swabs.

“As a nation, Fiji has emerged from the period of restrictions that were instituted to protect our people and our country from COVID-19.

“The ministry reiterates that the lifting of masking and other mandates and the easing of travel restrictions are not a sign that the risk of outbreak and resurgence of COVID-19 has passed.

“It is important that we continue to work together to protect ourselves, our communities and our country from further afield.”

The ministry also recorded 34 new cases of COVID-19 with no deaths.