Dead Fijian peacekeeper had Covid-19: UN mission
The United Nations Peacekeeping Mission said a Fijian soldier who died of a heart attack in Iraq last week tested positive for Covid-19.
The UN mission in New York said the deceased was identified as Senior Nurse Warrant Officer Tomasi Dau Saumadu.
José Luis Díaz, of the United Nations Department of Strategic Communications for Peacekeeping, told the Fiji Times newspaper that the Fijian soldier was part of the United Nations Guard Unit (UNGU).
Mr. Díaz said the soldier died on March 30 in Baghdad.
He said that as of April 2 and after performing extensive Covid testing, the United Nations department could confirm that within the Baghdad-based UNGU, there were 90 positive cases among the 372 UNGU members. .
Díaz said the soldier was among the positive cases for Covid-19 and had mild symptoms.
Díaz said the United Nations Mission in Iraq conveyed its condolences to the UNGU and the soldier’s family and friends for their loss.
He said that in honor of his contribution, the mission hoisted the United Nations flag across Iraq at half mast on March 30.
Díaz said all UNGU members, including Fijian soldiers who tested positive, were in quarantine.
“The majority are asymptomatic,” he said. “Thirty-three have symptoms, most of them mild.”
“All cases are closely monitored by the UN medical team and those requiring treatment receive full medical attention.”