Fiji requests help to fight COVID outbreak

An Australia-NZ team will deploy to Fiji to help the Pacific nation deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.
An Australia-NZ team will deploy to Fiji to help the Pacific nation deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Australia is responding to a request from the Fijian government for a medical assistance team to fight a current COVID-19 outbreak.

A multidisciplinary team from Australia and New Zealand will deploy to Fiji, initially for a month, to provide immediate support with health system management, infection prevention and assessment of the country's priority health needs.

Australia has sent 1.3 tonnes of personal protective equipment and medical supplies including 500 thermal guns for health screening teams and testing equipment since April.

The health security of our near neighbours is a critical priority for Australia, said a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne, Health Minister Greg Hunt and International Development Minister Zed Seselja.

Australian Associated Press