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Dr Fong: Spike In COVID-19 Cases In NZ Not A Worry Here

Dr Fong said Fiji’s vaccine immunity, boosted by natural immunity, offered people the needed protection.
31 Mar 2022 11:55
Dr Fong: Spike In COVID-19 Cases In NZ Not A Worry Here
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong.

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases in New Zealand is not a worry for Fiji.

This was the statement made yesterday by Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong.

Dr Fong said cases of the omicron variant were rising in New Zealand and this variant had already hit Fiji.

On Tuesday, 34 COVID-related deaths, 17,148 community cases and 842 COVID hospitalisations were recorded in New Zealand.

Dr Fong said Fiji’s vaccine immunity, boosted by natural immunity, offered people the needed protection.

“We are a highly vaccinated country,” he said.

“Those in New Zealand got the virus that we had already got and that is omicron.

“Australia and New Zealand didn’t have natural infection much like what we had.

“We have got two doses, we have been boosted by natural immunity and that’s why we are not really worried about what is happening in New Zealand and Australia.”

Fiji will phase out the three-day hotel quarantine from April 7 and open up travelling to countries who are classified as non-travelling partner countries.

“I am not worried about what is happening in Australia and New Zealand because they have got the same virus we got.

“I am more worried about what is happening in European countries, I had mentioned in my statement from Finland to Germany.

“That situation is happening to a group of people that are fully vaccinated, and hospitalisations are rising. That’s what I am worried about, why their hospitalisations are rising.”

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