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Fiji reports 485 positive cases and three deaths, Over 10,000 test positive since the outbreak in April

Fiji has reported 485 new cases of COVID-19 and three COVID-19 deaths Sunday. Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong has reported that the first COVID-19 death is a 77-year-old woman from Colo-i-Suva who died at home. Dr Fong said the woman’s family reported that she had been feeling unwell for three days. He said the deceased was not vaccinated. Dr Fong...

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and Myocarditis: benefits outweigh the risks, says WHO committee

After receiving reports of heart inflammation cases due to myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination with COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna shots, World Health Organisation (WHO) experts on Friday said that the benefits of the vaccines still outweigh the risks in reducing hospitalisations and deaths due to infection. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis an inflammation of the...

PNG records six new COVID-19 cases

Papua New Guinea has recorded six new COVID-19 cases Friday increasing the total number of cases to 17,340. The cases were reported in four provinces: National Capital District(NCD) reported three cases whilst Jiwaka, Madang and Morobe reported a single case each. Of the six cases reported, four are males whilst two are females. Their ages range from 18 to 55 years. Five...

Fijians over 60 urged to take Moderna vaccine

Fijians above 60 years of age and have medical conditions such as chronic lung disease, significant cardiac disease, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections are encouraged to get the Moderna vaccine for protection. The government in a recent statement noted that this new COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive in the country soon. “An individual requires...

The European Union invests EUR 9 million in Climate information services in the Pacific

A five-year EUR 9 million(US$10.2 million) project aimed at strengthening the production, availability, delivery and application of science-based information, supporting decision-makers was today launched at the Pacific Climate Change Centre in Apia, Samoa. This project will provide innovative and collaborative solutions to manage climate-related risks and to support sustainable development in the Pacific. The Intra-ACP Climate Services and Related Applications...

Flying Fijians to feature Vaccination message in historic test Against All Blacks

The Fiji Rugby Union and major Sponsors Fiji Airways have unveiled a ‘Flying Fijians’ special jersey with an important COVID-19 advisory for the historic two-match series against the All Blacks. The front of the jersey will feature a simple message urging all Fijians to vaccinate to protect against the harmful effects of COVID-19. Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor...

Commercial export of kava begins 2022

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka Commercial export of kava begins 2022 Commercial export of kava from regional countries to Australia will begin early next year. Pacific Trade Invest Australia commissioner Caleb Jarvis said the unofficial word is that this commercial pilot of kava will commence in January 2022. Jarvis while speaking during the economic recovery workshop said the quality of kava will be a...

Palau President Whipps urges bold action from world leaders to ensure survival from climate change

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr called on world leaders to set aside differing political views and collaborate on a bold climate action. The president is among the Pacific leaders and ministers who joined a virtual dialogue hosted by the United Kingdom Thursday, ahead of the United National climate conference in Glasgow in November. “As a Small Island Developing States (SIDS), our...

Climate change expert warns of severe cyclones

The Pacific Island Forum climate change adviser Exsley Taloiburi has warned of more severe tropical cyclones in the region in the coming years. Taloiburi said at the beginning of this year, Fiji had about three cyclones that wreaked in six weeks. He said for the last seven years there have been six category five cyclones impacting the region with an average...

Battle not yet lost, says Fiji’s Heath Secretary Dr Fong

We are not giving up the fight against the COVID-19 virus in Fiji. This was the statement by Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong as the COVID-19 cases continued to soar, with a record 791 cases announced on Wednesday. Dr Fong remained adamant that the battle was not yet lost. “We are just shifting our priorities to mitigate the worst effects...

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