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Lami-Nausori Zone: High COVID Alert

94 new cases., Majority in Lami-Nausori Zone, Employers urged to encourage work from home.,Avoid close quarters with others outside home bubble.
09 Jun 2021 13:07
Lami-Nausori Zone: High COVID Alert

Majority of the 94 new COVID-19 cases announced by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services yesterday were result of transmission in closed indoor spaces.

This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong who urged members of the public to avoid situations that puts them in close quarters with others outside of their home bubble.

Given the escalating number of cases in the Lami-Nausori containment zone, employers within the zone are also encouraged to arrange for work from home in instances where it could be managed.

The ministry is preparing to shift into mitigation phase to ensure that healthcare resources are focused on caring for patients who develop severe illness as a result of the virus.

This is to ensure they receive proper treatment and achieve the best possible outcome from the care.

“If you see a crowding situation, avoid it at all costs.

“Do not add to the problem.”

Dr Fong said: “Even when you are masked, entering into close quarters with others can place you at grave risk.”

One Death

The ministry also announced the death of a man who was admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Acute Medical Ward.

The man died yesterday morning as a result of his medical condition.

While he had tested positive for COVID-19 during his admission, Dr Fong said the case was not classified as a COVID death, but due to complications of his chronic medical condition.

Home Quarantine

Due to the high number of cases and constraints on quarantine capacity, Dr Fong said new positive cases are being entered into home isolation, where feasible.

“Specific guidance has been provided for these individuals to ensure they do not have contact with other members of their households.”

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