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All three COVID-19 cases are in a stable condition, meaning they have not developed very severe symptoms, says the Health Ministry’s head of health protection Dr Aalisha Sahukhan.
“All three patients are in a stable condition, which means, particularly for the first case, the symptoms have been quite mild,” she said Monday where Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced Fiji’s third COVID-19 case, a 14-month-old baby.
“The reason we are keeping him in hospital is for the purpose of isolating him.
“This is the same for the baby, he is having fever and he is having mild symptoms.
“So far, it’s the same for the mother of the first case, she’s had a cough and a fever.
“So these are symptoms that won’t necessarily need to be recovering in a health facility.
“They could potentially be sent home if it was any other disease, but for the purpose of keeping them in an isolated facility where we can watch and monitor them, they are being kept in that facility.”
Dr Sahukhan said the baby was a member of the first and second victims’ family and had been in isolation at the Nadi Hospital when he developed symptoms and tested positive.
“He was well until Saturday when he developed a fever.
“On the day the first case was confirmed, on Thursday (March 19), the entire family of 11 was isolated immediately by the Ministry of Health team at the Nadi Hospital.
“This baby developed symptoms on Saturday while he was admitted at the Nadi Hospital.
“Out of the 11 that are currently isolated at Nadi Hospital, we’ve tested six.” She said six of the 11 family members had “developed some sort of symptoms” but tested negative.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS
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