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COVID-19: 12 New Cases Connected To Case 140 Of Unknown Origin In Makoi

Home is where you are safest. If you leave the home, wear a mask and make sure you have careFIJI installed with Bluetooth switched on.
12 May 2021 01:13
COVID-19: 12 New Cases Connected To Case 140 Of Unknown Origin In Makoi
The scene at most supermarkets across the country before the national announcement by Dr James Fong, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services. Photo: Leon Lord

Do not party your way into an isolation facility.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong made the plea after announcing 12 new cases of COVID-19 who were close contacts of case 140 – the woman who presented to the Makoi Health Centre on Monday.

Four of the positive patients are  case 140’s household members, seven are from an adjoining home, and one is a secondary contact.

“The contact between this individual and members of an adjoining household is troubling – and it should serve as a learning opportunity for all of us. Our bubbles must be limited to our households.”

Only interact with the members of your household and no one else.

Dr Fong emphasised that your family bubble DOES NOT include:

  • your neighbours
  • your friends
  • or your family from across the road.

“Call your friends, call your family, call your neighbors – do not see them or visit with them. Please do not party your way into an isolation facility. If you are outside, it must be for an essential reason. If you interact with others who are not members of your household, it should happen two metres apart and both of you should be wearing masks properly.”

All the new cases which now form a new Makoi cluster are are in isolation.

Their results were made known after 2217 tests were conducted on Monday May 10, 2021.

Dr Fong acknowledged the quick action by his team to be able to identify those who who came into close contact with Case 140.

“This shows that our reporting, screening, testing and contact-tracing procedures are working as they were intended.”

But it also means that there is potential for transmission of the virus to others because of the significant amount of movement.

“Case 140’s travel history, and the work history of one of her contacts, has required we close three grocery stores in Suva for decontamination. We’re also testing the employees. Those stores are not being closed indefinitely. They will reopen as soon as decontamination is completed,” Dr Fong said.

The three supermarkets are Extra Supermarket at Flagstaff, Hansons and Shop and Save both located in Makoi.

“Let’s remember, this cluster began with another case of unknown origin. So that means there could still be a contagious case or cases among the public we have yet to identify that may still pose a threat to all of us every time we make the decision to leave our homes. Home is where you are safest. If you leave the home, wear a mask and make sure you have careFIJI installed with Bluetooth switched on.”

 

READ about case 140 here.



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