Fong: It can kill

Health PS Dr James Fong while delivering his announcement this evening (Wednesday, June 9, 2021) from his home. Image: SCREENSHOT/FACEBOOK

Do not listen to false prophets and pseudo-experts who say the coronavirus cannot harm you, Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said last night as he announced 35 new COVID-19 cases.

“There is nothing reassuring about the low numbers of severe disease and death recorded so far,” he said.

“This is the same variant that has inflicted mass death upon many other nations.

“It can kill.” Dr Fong said the Central Division was seeing the biggest spikes in case numbers and if Fiji was not “extremely careful we could see severe outbreaks in many other parts of Fiji”.

He said apart from stringently following all the COVID-safe protocols, the solution to defeating the virus lay in “getting as many jabs in as many arms as we can.

“That is our best possible defence against a wave of hospitalisations and even deaths that could be headed our way.”

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