COVID-19: Calm Before The Storm

So let’s not let one day of ‘no new cases’ fool anyone into thinking this storm is over.’
03 May 2021 10:00
COVID-19: Calm Before The Storm
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong during his announcements on May 2, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is reminding Fijians that the storm is not over yet.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong last night reminded Fijians that while they did not record any new positive case in the last 24-hours, this virus arrives in waves.

He said the fear is that someone with COVID symptoms, has not reported to a screening clinic or called 158.

“A lull can often signal a surge. So let’s not let one day of no new cases fool anyone into thinking this storm is over,” the Permanent Secretary said.

He said with everyone safely at home, contact tracing teams have worked tirelessly through the torrential rains this weekend to identify the contacts of case 113- the garment factory employee.

Dr Fong said: “Of her 877 contacts, 95 per cent have been contacted, screened, and swabbed.”

He said this includes all of her (case 113) closest contacts who shared her bus and worked in close proximity to her at the factory.

He said they would all remain under home quarantine for at least 14 days from their last contact with the case. 611 have tested negative for COVID-19 so far, with more samples being tested.

  • One of source points stems from case number 98, the patient who resides in Makoi n Her brother-in-law – who was case 98 – played rugby for a team that competed at the Malomalo 7s at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, on April 16-17
  • This case interacted with coaches at the tournament. Most of those he may have had contact have been reached – however, there are still some missing pieces
  • We’re asking any of the rugby players who played in the Malomalo 7s – who are yet to be contacted by the Ministry – to please CALL 158 n Fiji still has 49 active cases today
  • No new cases reported. However, it does not mean there are no cases out there
  • Virus arrives in waves. A lull can often signal a surge. Let’s not let one day of no new cases think that this storm is over.

Dr Fong outlines curfew restriction measures

The Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced last night:

  • Curfew hours will be from 11pm until 4am.
  • Everyone should stay home unless they have an essential reason to leave,
  • You should not mix with anyone who doesn’t share your home with you,
  • No sports of any kind should be played,
  • Places of worship will remain closed,
  • Save for small funeral ceremonies, no non-work gatherings of any size should take place. In fact, you should not come within two metres of anyone if you can help it,
  • Anywhere you go outside of your home, you should have a mask on or face covering – zWash your hands well and often. Use hand sanitisers,
  • Businesses that are not on the list of essential services should not open,
  • You should not share takis, bilos or cigarettes. Any person-to-person interaction even a maskless conversation, can put you at-risk,
  • Download careFIJI app, and keep your bluetooth switched on when you are in public spaces. This does not chew battery or data.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu


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