The Fiji government confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Thursday, increasing infections by the new coronavirus in the South Pacific region to eight.
Fiji Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said on his Twitter account that the confirmed case of COVID-19 was detected in Lautoka, the second largest city in this island nation, and is “a patient who was recently in the Foreign”.
Last week, a deputy from the French National Assembly, representing the overseas community of French Polynesia, was the first one infected by the new coronavirus in the small nations and island territories of the South Pacific.
In French Polynesia, there are already five patients with COVID-19, while there are two other cases in New Caledonia.
Small island nations based in the South Pacific have put in place tight controls and travel restrictions to try to prevent the virus from reaching these countries with a poor health system.