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Fiji hospital patient who refused Covid tests has died from virus — report

Fiji has recorded a Covid-19 death - a man who was confirmed to have the virus just yesterday.

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Fiji’s facing what’s being called a worst-case scenario. Source: 1 NEWS

The 55-year-old was in intensive care at Lautoka Hospital and military and police have surrounded and locked down the facility, with around 400 staff and patients quarantined inside.

He had been in hospital for a surgical procedure on April 19.

It’s believed he infected two doctors there who tested positive in the last two days.

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A 55-year-old man caught the virus from an unknown source and infected two doctors. Source: Breakfast

According to FBC News, the source of the man's infection remains unknown but he has refused swabs and tests on two occasions.

New Zealand epidemiologist Dr Michael Baker says for a country with limited health resources it's done a great job to date but challenges lie ahead.

“I think they can manage it, but it will take a lot of effort to do that.

"They’ve got multiple lines of transmission in the community that they haven’t full identified so that’s the real challenge for them at the moment.”

At the very least it will take several weeks to bring the outbreak under control.