From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your June 22 briefing

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Bula vinaka everyone

The permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong announced 126 new cases in the 24 hour period ending at 8am earlier in the day.

He also reported another death at CWM Hospital of a 42-year-old male admitted to hospital with leptospirosis. He also tested positive for COVID-19 during his admission. His death is being investigated by his doctors to determine if it will be classified as a COVID-19 death.

Here are some stats for you:

  •  59 recoveries since the last update;
  • 1542 active cases now in isolation;
  • 2020 cases so far during the outbreak that started in April 2021;
  •  2090 cases in total in Fiji since the first case was reported in March, 2020;
  • 532 recoveries in total to date, and 7 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 5 of these deaths during the current outbreak;
  • 8 COVID-19 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses; and
  •  1 death is under investigation.

Here are some stories that made the headlines in The Fiji Times’ edition for Tuesday, June 22.

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Three teenagers are in police custody in relation to the brawl at Jittu Estate. Picture: SCREENGRAB

 Jittu brawl

AN all-out brawl involving scores of people – both young and old – in Jittu Estate, Suva last Sunday was “the eruption of small skirmishes” that was taking place in the community over the past week. Residents who spoke to The Fiji Times on the condition of anonymity said trouble had been brewing in the community with a series of incidents involving women which began last Thursday.

Attorney General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum after the 2020-2021 National Budget Debate at the Parliament complex in Suva on Friday, July 31, 2020. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

National budget

THE 2021-2022 National Budget will be announced at 7.30pm on July 16.

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Aust team

A Multi-disciplinary Australian Assistance team was expected to arrive last night, Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes saids.

 

Fiji’s Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete receives the batch of 50,000 vaccines from Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes in Suva today – Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Picture: FIJI GOVT

Vaccine delivery 

Australia took its vaccine delivery total to 250,000 with the handover of another 50,000 doses of Australian manufactured AstraZeneca vaccin.

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QR code

BUSINESSES are now required to display near the entrance a unique digital geo-identification indicator, through the use of a QR Code on the careFIJI app, to capture customers entering leaving their facility.

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Teens in custody

THREE teenagers are in police custody as a result of the huge brawl which erupted at Jittu Estate, Suva, and spilled out onto the streets last Sunday.

Settlement fight

RESIDENTS of Jittu Estate, Suva, said a fight in the settlement on Sunday was the climax of a series of disturbances that had occurred over the past week.

Father disappointed 

THE father of a teenager who was arrested in relation to the melee at Jitu Estate, Suva, on Sunday says he is disappointed with the inaction of the community’s crime stoppers committee (CSC).

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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There are interesting letters on Pages 8 and 9.

PEOPLE

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This popular section is all about people.

BUSINESS

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InsideSTORY has some interesting news.

SPORTS

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The big one in the back page is about the Fiji team’s preparation for this weekend’s 7s tournament in Townsville, Australia.

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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