Fiji authorities on Thursday confirmed the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus, local media reported.

The southern Pacific country’s Head of Health Protection Dr. Alisha Sahukhan said a flight attendant of flag carrier Fiji Airways tested positive for COVID-19, in an imported case of the disease rather than a local transmission, reported news website “fijivillage”.

The patient, who had recently been to the U.S. and New Zealand, showed symptoms on Tuesday evening after which he was admitted into a hospital in Lautoka city, said Sahukhan.

Noting that the patient was in a “stable” condition, Sahukhan added that authorities

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