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COVID-19: 64 New Cases, Tavua Village Under Lockdown

“The cases within the CWM Hospital, as well as within the COVID-19 Incident Management Team, are serious developments that have had an impact on our ability to respond. We can expect more cases,” Dr Fong said.
08 Jun 2021 09:01
COVID-19: 64 New Cases, Tavua Village Under Lockdown

The recent escalation of daily cases in the Central Division signals the increasing severity of the second wave of COVID-19 in Fiji.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said this while announcing 64 new cases last night and one death at CWM Hospital which the ministry was not counting as a COVID-19 death.

While the overwhelming majority of new cases are linked to existing clusters, Dr Fong said the emergence of clusters outside the Lami-Nausori containment zone in Naitasiri was a cause for concern.

“The cases within the CWM Hospital, as well as within the COVID-19 Incident Management Team, are serious developments that have had an impact on our ability to respond. We can expect more cases,” Dr Fong said.

“Therefore, now more than ever – we are urging every Fijian to consistently take heed of the measures we have announced to protect yourselves and your loved ones from this virus.”

New Cases:

  • CWM Hospital-10
  • Nawaka-11
  • Navy- 23
  • Navosai -9
  • Waila – 1
  • COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) – 10

Tavua Grog Session

He said the Ministry was concerned about recurring incidents of people violating established protocols designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

“These breaches are potentially dangerous and endanger the health and lives of all Fijians,” he said.

“One individual travelled from Naitasiri and had a grog session with acquaintances in Tavua Village.

“With the support of Tui Tavua, we have facilitated a lockdown of Tavua Village for an initial 4 days. We will screen all contacts and then plan a more targeted lockdown area in the village.”

Dr Fong said they are aware that the breach was not an isolated case of social gathering behaviour that was prolonging the COVID-19 outbreak in Fiji.

“Our non-containment zones are still at risk of being breached,” he said.

“Fijians living in non-containment must also act as if the virus is already in their communities”.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

Feedback: fonua.talei@fijisun.com.fj



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