From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your June 11 briefing


Bula everyone.

It’s another cool night here in the Capital City of Suva. Come to think of it, it’s the norm now to be seeing a quiet and empty city. Special mention for our police officers on checkpoint duties tonight… I notice they are in warm gear as the temperature hovers around 25 degrees Celsius.

Anyway, tonight the permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced 39 new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday’s update. Thirty-two of the new cases are linked to the following existing clusters: Nawaka, Nadi – 6; CWMH – 11; Nasinu Police Barracks – 5; FICAC Warehouse- 3; Navy – 2; Waila – 2; IMT – 1; Naitasiri – 1; and Caubati – 1.

We are told the additional seven cases below are under investigation to determine if they have any links to other cases: Lami – 4 cases; Toorak – 1 case; Nasinu – 1 case; Reservoir Road – 1 case.

The current outbreak, he said, remains primarily centred within the Lami-Suva-Nausori Containment Zone. The ministry’s mitigation strategy announced yesterday is targeted at isolating cases, treating patients who develop severe cases of the disease, and ensuring that vaccines continue to be administered to the public.

“In the near term, we are concerned that Lami may see increasing numbers of cases. We also anticipate more cases from the cluster at the Police Barracks in Nasinu. Our stationary and mobile screening teams are tracing and testing known contacts and are isolating positive patients to prevent the further spread of the virus,” he warned.

The positive news is that seven patients have recovered which means there are now 656 active cases in isolation.

Let’s remind ourselves about a few issues.

Please stay home. If you must travel, please put on a mask and adhere to physical distancing rules. Protect your bubble at home, and do not allow anyone from outside to get into your bubble. Do not touch your face if you are out in public, until you can wash your hands with soap and water or a hand sanitiser.


If you are in a lockdown area, please stay put! Do not move around and engage in social events like drinking kava and sharing a cigarette. Please do not go past clearly marked police barriers, for a stroll around the neighbourhood, or to the nearby supermarket. This is not the time to live dangerously. Let’s fight the virus together please! Let’s be safe Fiji.

Here are some stories that made the headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Friday, June 11.


Sickly daughter cares for elderly dad

ARALAINI Rateki is sickly and vulnerable, and yet she has to take care of her 74-year-old bedridden father.

USP Council and COVID numbers

The USP council stands by Pal Ahluwalia as VC and we have the COVID numbers from tonight.


Vaccination priority

PEOPLE aged 20 to 39 should be prioritised on the need-to-vaccinate list because they are “the ones who mostly infect everybody.”

COVID vaccine

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the virus, says pediatrician, epidemiologist and translation researcher and member of the WHO PCV Expert Advisory group Professor Fiona Russel.


Baby boom

FIJI should expect a baby boom in the next few months as a result of the COVID- 19 movement restrictions, says Reproductive & Family Health Association of Fiji clinic manager Taraivosa Nakolinivalu.

Expectant mothers

SOME expectant mothers are finding it hard to cope psychologically with bearing a child amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.



There are interesting letters to the editor on Pages 8 and 9. It’s the pulse of the nation, writers expressing their views on various topics of interest.


In this popular section, you can read about: Luisa Tiritirisamu


To survive in the communal setting, people must be ready to put in the hard yards to ensure vanua, church and family obligations are met. Luisa Tiritirisamu of Narocake, Noco, Rewa, said with that in mind, she established a small canteen and a piggery after her husband resigned from the Water Authority of Fiji last year due to ill health.



It’s much more than just shopping. Check it out inside. You just might find what you looking for!


The big one on the back page is about: Fiji 7s team


THE Fiji 7s team had its first training run on the Sunshine Coast in Australia earlier this week in preparation for the upcoming PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens tournament.

There’s more to read inside, but you’ll have to get a copy to know what we are talking about!


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