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41 Cases In Last 2 Days

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services recorded a total of 41 cases in the last two days bringing the total to 233 active cases. Sixteen were recorded from the
31 May 2021 10:00
41 Cases In Last 2 Days

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services recorded a total of 41 cases in the last two days bringing the total to 233 active cases.

Sixteen were recorded from the Navy cluster, 12 from Waila, nine from Narere, two from Korociri in Nadi and one each from Muanikoso and Nadali.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said two of the active cases were in Nadi while the remaining 231 were in the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone.

Two cases that are considered severe were currently admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

“I realise that many of you are tired and weary, and that your patience is running thin. Unfortunately, COVID is not tired of you,” Dr Fong said.

“Because this is a long-term battle, we need to make allowances along the way and change our strategies when necessary to adapt and avoid unintended consequences.”

 

Nadi
In regards to the Nadi cases, Dr Fong said despite high levels of testing the Nadi containment zone went more than one incubation period of 14-days before registering another case.

“We always expected that we might see cases emerge again in Nadi and Lautoka. We were never COVID-free; we could only contain the virus,” Dr Fong said.

“We have seen this experience replicated in many countries around the world; where certain areas go through a prolonged phase of no cases and then one case suddenly emerges.”

“This highlights the point: no country is safe until every country is safe and for Fiji, nowhere is safe until everywhere is safe.”

 

Quarantine Facilities
Dr Fong is calling on the public to help the ministry by accepting quarantine or isolation facilities in or near their communities with the understanding that the facilities are safe.

He said the facilities were carefully controlled and posed no danger.

 

Grog Sessions
A number of COVID-19 positive patients have admitted that they were drinking grog with others in their cluster.

Dr Fong said the ministry had reason to believe that grog sessions were becoming a significant factor in the spread of COVID-19.

“Grog drinking is an important part of our culture and our social life in Fiji, but we must ask that people refrain from sharing grog with people from outside their household during this pandemic period.”

“Don’t invite anyone to your house, don’t go to anyone else’s house, and don’t share a bowl with colleagues after work, or during work or in any other place.”.

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