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Asia Today: Fiji sequesters hospital staff after COVID death

Added 05-05-21 11:35:01pm EST - “The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing virus outbreak.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Asia Today: Fiji sequesters hospital staff after COVID death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing virus outbreak.

Health authorities say they’re quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and staff within the compound until they can determine who had contact with a coronavirus patient who died.

The 53-year-old patient at Lautoka Hospital was just the third person in Fiji to die from the virus but the nation’s leaders are deeply worried that the latest outbreak is spreading, especially after two doctors at the hospital tested positive for the virus.

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Dr. James Fong, the permanent secretary for health, said the country was in a war against COVID-19 that posed the greatest-ever test of its health care system. He said the hospital is closed and all medical services are being diverted to other facilities.

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