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Two new cases of COVID-19 infections have been reported in Fiji Wednesday.
This after – as of today – 685 laboratory tests and 20,201 in-person health screenings.
Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong said one of the two patients – a 53-year-old caretaker of the Ra Provincial Office – was of concern in that it would require additional investigation into his contacts to determine if he was definitively linked to other active cases.
He said the man showed symptoms of COVID – in his case, those were body aches – when he visited the Nanukuloa Health Centre on April 24.
“He has been moved securely to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital, as per standard operating procedure.,” Dr Fong said.
He added the man’s family members had been swabbed and quarantined at the Ra Special School with Police officers providing security at the facility.
The second of today’s new cases is a 25-year-old male who had stayed at the house of the lady from Makoi.
“We established that he was a close contact through our contact tracing, and we tested him because of that close contact despite the fact that he had no symptoms. He stayed in Makoi from April 12-19 and he went to Vunimono, Nausori where he was retrieved and swabbed.”
He said four teams were facilitating contact tracing based on the young man’s travel history.
“He has been securely transferred to an isolation unit in Colo-i-Suva. His primary contacts are also quarantined at Colo-i-Suva.”
Today, the total number of known COVID cases in Fiji totals 111 since the first case was detected on March 19 in 2020.
44 of these cases are currently active and isolated.
Meanwhile,the World Health Organisation (WHO) says Fijians need to start listening to all advisory and take action immediately to safeguard themselves from the B1617 variant of COVID-19.
This call comes as the variant, which has its origins in India, has claimed over 200,000 lives and 3,286 having died in the last 24 hours in India.
As this happens, WHO Acting Head of the Pacific, Dr Akeem Ali said Fijians need take heed and work to protect themselves.
“It’s not a matter that we can take lightly. It tells us that we need to be prepared, it tells us to be attentive to the directions, and instructions and the advice given by the government. It tells us that we need to ensure that when we start our public health measures, we do them efficiently and effectively and we need the community for this. When we say stay at home, it means stay at home, when we say wear mask, it does mean wear mask.”
The need for beds, ventilators and other equipment to fight the virus has become paramount, and Doctor
Ali said WHO stand ready to assist.
“We have worked hard with the Ministry to prepare for this kind of eventuality. We were hoping obviously that we would not get to this stage. The Ministry does have ventilators already in hospitals and some in reserves and WHO have a very marginal stock as well that we have kept in reserve for urgent support.
However if the need arises for more than what we currently have, we would at WHO would definitely be ready to step in and support the Fiji government and it has enough equipment, be it ventilators, oxygen concentrators or other items are ready for use in care of patients,” he said.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/FBC NEWS
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