From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your August 3 briefing
2 August, 2021, 11:22 pm
Bula vinaka everyone
Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Tuesday, August 3.
The permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced 1100 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am today. He said 386 cases were from the Western Division and 714 cases from the Central Division. Read more about this on www.fijitimes.com
Police sends warning
ANY attempts to destabilise and cause instability will be investigated and dealt with. Acting Commissioner Police Rusiate Tudravu sounded this warning. He claimed some Fijians were quick to use the two recent fires in the Central and Western Divisions to incite violence and rally more support against the Government, claiming they were linked. He said people instigating movements of violence and instability from overseas or hiding behind fake profiles were selfish and self-centered because they did not realise that any acts of violence will only lead to more suffering.
Positive pregnant women at CWM
SEVEN out of every 10 pregnant women at the Suva’s CWM hospital are testing positive for COVID-19. This, according to the head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the CWM hospital Kelera Sakumeni.
Vaccination induced immunity
VACCINATION induced immunity is still stronger than natural immunity for COVID-19. This, according to the pediatrician, epidemiologist and translation researcher and member of the WHO PCV Expert Advisory group Professor Fiona Russell.
$106 million loan
AUSTRALIAN taxpayers will guarantee a loan of $106 million to Fiji Airports Limited for its capital works projects. The Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) that is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has guaranteed the loan through the ANZ Bank.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
In this ever popular section of the newspaper, read about: MAGGIE Savu is a real-life superwoman when it comes to meeting the needs of mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when expectant mothers struggle to find and buy affordable clothing for their new born in Suva, Maggie’s online business offers mothers the alternative.
In InsideSTORY, read about: THERE is a lot more support within the entrepreneurial space for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) than there was before.
Designer takes advantage of pandemic
DIRECTOR and fashion designer of Kuiviti Pacific, Epeli Tuibeqa has taken advantage of the pandemic which he stated has brought about a lot of positive opportunities for his business to bloom.
The big one on the back page is about a prediction back in 2016, that 2020 would be the year of the Fijiana!
There’s a lot more to read inside but you will have to get a copy to know what we are talking about. Happy reading.