Fijian Health Ministry note concerning trend in COVID cases

Ministry of Health PS Dr James Fong. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services says it continues to see a concerning trend in COVID-19 cases.

Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says while there is some decrease in the reported case data, supported by other community-based indicators, urged members of the public to remain vigilant.

“We need to escalate community-wide adoption of COVID safe measures together with immunisation as a means to reduce disease spread and protect those in the community who are less able to fend for themselves,” Dr Fong said.

He said hospitalisation for severe diseases remained within manageable limits.

He added vaccination combined with COVID safe measures would help keep the health care load manageable.

In his COVID update released on Monday night, Dr Fong said there were 12 cases of hospitalisation – six in the asymptomatic and mild categories and six in the moderate category.

There are no cases in the severe and critical categories.

“Anyone admitted to the hospital is tested before admission, therefore, a significant number of people who are admitted to the hospital for non-COVID health conditions test positive for COVID-19 due to the current level of transmission in the community,” the PS said.

He said stringent COVID safe measures had been reintroduced in hospitals.

Dr Fong urged community and workplace leaders to do the same.

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