Pacific nation Fiji declares itself free from coronavirus

WION Web Team
Fiji Published: Jun 05, 2020, 04.29 PM(IST)

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Initially seen as one of the most vulnerable places because of poor health infrastructure and high rates of health conditions, the pacific nation acted swiftly to fight against the pandemic.

Fiji announced it was coronavirus free Friday after the island nation's last known infected patient was given the all-clear, continuing the Pacific's remarkable record of success against the virus.

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said Friday that the South Pacific island nation had just cleared the last of its 18 active patients.

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The pacific nation with a population of 930,000 people reported its COVID-19 case in mid-March.

While fear of spread loomed large, the nation succeeded in eliminating the virus with strict isolation measures and border controls. 

Fiji recorded its last case about 45 days back and is significantly improving testing day by day. 

Initially seen as one of the most vulnerable places because of poor health infrastructure and high rates of health conditions, the pacific nation acted swiftly to fight against the pandemic.

The country was quick to shut down tourism trade, which largely contributes to its economy, in order to contain the contagion.

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