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North Records 706 COVID-19 Cases In Last Seven Days

Northern Division accelerated from the large number of people movement from hotspot regions in Viti Levu to Vanua Levu on inter-island trips and the Wairiki Sevens, which led to 11 individuals testing positive for COVID.
06 Jan 2022 13:26
North Records 706 COVID-19 Cases In Last Seven Days

The Northern Division recorded 706 COVID-19 cases in the last seven days ending on January 4.

This accounts for just three per cent of the total number of COVID cases recorded in the country during the duration of the entire pandemic.

The spike in COVID-19 cases in the Division accelerated from the large number of people movement from hotspot regions in Viti Levu to Vanua Levu on inter-island trips and the Wairiki Sevens, which led to 11 individuals testing positive for COVID.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong, said with the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus now widespread across the country, the severity of the disease caused by the variant was less compared to other variants.

However, Dr Fong said Omicron can infect a large number of people in a short period of time which means a small percentage of people testing positive for the virus and severely ill might still lead to a large number of people requiring hospitalization.

He said this would put pressure on their health system in coping with the COVID-19 positive cases.

“We have always promoted individual COVID safe measures, even during the period of local cases prior to the current outbreak,” he said.

Dr Fong said they were looking to have more stringent community-level measures announced later this week related to masking and social gathering restrictions.

“Get a booster dose if you are over the age of 18, but especially if you are at higher risk of severe diseases,” he added.

 



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