Coronavirus: First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Fiji

Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama.
Fijian PM Frank Bainimarama. Photo credit: Getty

Fiji's first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed.

Fijian news outlet Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC News) reported the announcement on Thursday afternoon.

Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed the case on Twitter.

"There is a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lautoka that was imported from a patient who had recently travelled abroad," Dr Waqainabete tweeted on Thursday.

"He was immediately isolated, where he remains under careful medical supervision."

The Health Minister said the ministry is currently identifying people who have been in contact with the case.

"There are no locally transmitted cases in Fiji, but we are vastly expanding containment measures. Details are being finalised now."

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is expected to make an announcement later on Thursday.

Lautoka is the second largest city in Fiji, located roughly 24 kilometres north of Nadi.

More to come.