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We Can Control The Outbreak If People Take Virus Seriously, Says UN Resident Coordinator

“If the infection rates continue to rise as you can see, it will come to a point that the infrastructure in the country will not be able to respond to this crisis,”
25 Jun 2021 14:36
We Can Control The Outbreak If People Take Virus Seriously, Says UN Resident Coordinator
United Nations Resident Coordinator in Fiji and the Pacific Sanaka Samarasinha receiving his second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Kadavu House in Suva on June 23, 2021. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

We can only control the COVID-19 situation in the country if people take the virus seriously.

This sentiment was shared by the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Fiji and the Pacific, Sanaka Samarasinha.

Mr Samarasinha received his second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine at Kadavu House in Suva on Wednesday.

“If the infection rates continue to rise as you can see, it will come to a point that the infrastructure in the country will not be able to respond to this crisis,” he said.

“We are not there yet and we can prevent it if only people take this virus seriously. We are very lucky that the number of serious cases due to COVID-19 is not as much as it could be, because this has not happened here, the level of complacency by some people is still there.”

He urged Fijians to be serious about the virus and play their part in returning the country to some normalcy.

“As we see the number of cases increasing and deaths recorded, we need to take this seriously, mask up, get vaccinated, sanitise and follow directives,” he said.

 

Vaccination importance

He added that getting the COVID-19 vaccine was very important in the quest to return to normalcy.

“I understand why people are concerned because the vaccine is very new, the virus is new and people would naturally be worried,” he said.

“I think the science as we have known is very clear that there are some very marginal risks associated with every other vaccine including the COVID-19 vaccine.

“The important thing is for us to weigh the risk of taking the vaccine and the risk of not taking the vaccine.”

He said with the numbers that were being recorded, taking the vaccine was absolutely important.

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