Reckless Breaches, COVID Super-Spreader

During contact tracing investigations, Dr Fong said they found that nearly 100 people had gathered at a funeral in Mulomulo Village in Nadi.
07 Jun 2021 10:00
Reckless Breaches, COVID Super-Spreader

Reckless gatherings and non-compliance to COVID-19 safety protocols has led to a massive spike in new cases.

Last night the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced 83 new cases and new clusters.

Majority of the cases are from known clusters and are already under containment protocols.

Of the 83 cases, 11 are of unknown origin and are under investigation.

“The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community,” Dr Fong said adding that more days of high numbers of positive cases are expected in the future.

“We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop. But thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way, a way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible.”

He said COVID-19 testing is at its highest rate in Oceania and Fiji was more equipped to confront an outbreak.

“We know the front of this battle extends everywhere and to everyone. It will ultimately be won by all of us through the decisions we all make every day,” he said.

Super spreader Funeral

During contact tracing investigations, Dr Fong said they found that nearly 100 people had gathered at a funeral in Mulomulo Village in Nadi.

The entire community had since been locked down.

“That reckless gathering could potentially result in another super-spreader event,” he said.

“The rule is simple: Only ten people are allowed to attend a funeral. Remember, no social gatherings are allowed otherwise.

“If we don’t respect those rules, we will sadly have more of our loved ones to bury due to the loss of life that can result from COVID-19.

“Through our adherence to our health measures, we can prevent that from coming to pass and protect those most vulnerable in society.”

CWM Hospital

Dr Fong said the cluster that was of greatest concern was the CWM cluster where medical personnel were going to great lengths to provide critical treatment without exposing themselves and their patients to the virus.

The success of the model used to contain the virus at the Lautoka Hospital will be replicated at CWM. It will now become a full-time COVID-care facility with tightly controlled movement.

Access to the Laboratory, Maternity and Paediatric Units will be through escalated screening protocols and package decontamination protocols.

A field hospital for the treatment of non-COVID patients in the vicinity of the CWM Hospital is being established in conjunction with partners from Australia.

Edited by Losirene Lacanivalu


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