Australia's neighbour heads into lockdown after Covid death

·News Reporter
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One of Australia's closest neighbours is preparing to go into lockdown again after a spike in community transmission of coronavirus.

Restrictions will come into force for Fiji's Central Division region from 11pm (local time) tonight until 4am on Wednesday.

The lockdown comes as nine new cases of Covid-19 were recorded on Thursday, and another four cases on Friday.  

Among the new cases were three workers from the Fiji Centre for Disease Control (CDC), The Fiji Times reported. The publication also reported the country has recorded another Covid-19 death.

Fijian beach pictured.
Fiji will enter another lockdown after a rapid spike in cases. Source: Getty

Fiji's latest lockdown curfew will apply to the Suva and Nausori areas, according to news site RNZ.

As of Friday there were 44 community cases of the virus, which the government was working to trace back to an outbreak at Extra Supermarket in Flagstaff, located near Suva. 

Three of the cases reported on Thursday were understood to be co-workers of a staff member of the supermarket, who had earlier tested positive, Fiji's FBC news reported.

Fiji has been thrust into lockdown several times in recent weeks as it grapples to clamp down on community spread of the virus.

Earlier this month parts of Fiji entered what could be the world's strictest Covid lockdown with residents not allowed to leave their home, even for food. 

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