COVID-19: Never been a higher level of risk in Lami-Nausori zone than today – Dr Fong

Residents of Tacirua brave the heavy rain along Khalsa Rd during the vaccination drive at the Tacirua Primary School ground on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Picture: ATU RASEA

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says there has never been a higher level of risk in the Lami-Nausori containment area than today.

And he says everyone needs to know this, and all must act accordingly through good health practices that had been advocated for from day one of this recent COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

The country has been recording double-digits in daily case numbers in recent update announcements.

At least since last Friday, June 4, Fiji recorded 35 new cases; 33 new cases on June 5; 83 on June 6; 64 on June 7; 94 cases recorded on June 8; and 35 cases on June 9.

“… I know these double-digit daily case numbers are unsettling news for many of you – they should be. This is a highly transmissible and deadly disease,” Dr Fong said.

“But there are ways we can protect ourselves. If you are one of those who have not been taking this outbreak seriously – and I know some of you are listening – it’s time to stop being careless.”

Dr Fong thanked businesses who were already adhering to good COVID-safe habits.

And he told people who were using their social media platform or in everyday life to remind people of the life-or-death importance of respecting health protocols to keep it up.

Dr Fong reiterated the safety rules:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • If you do leave, wear a mask
  • Make sure the careFIJI app is installed on your phone and Bluetooth is switched on
  • Keep a two-metre distance from others
  • Wash your hands often
  • Do not share cigarettes
  • Do not share takis – grog by yourself, mix your own grog and taki to yourself.

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