What’s happening today!

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Bula vinaka everyone.

Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today.

First, here is your weather forecast for today:

Weather

  • Tropical cyclone warning a gale warning remains in force for the Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Northern and Western parts of Viti Levu, western interior parts of Viti Levu, Vatulele and Kadavu.
  • A strong wind warning remains in force for the rest of the Fiji group.
  • A heavy rain warning remains in force for the Fiji group.
  • A severe flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas and small streams adjacent to and downstream of; Nakauvadra river (Rakiraki), Nasivi river (Tavua), Ba river, Sabeto river, Yaqara and Nananu river, Nawaka river, Nadi river, Tuva river, Waibula river(Korovou) and Rewa river (Waimanu,aidina river, Wainimala and Wainibuka)
  • A flood alert remain in force for low lying areas.

EFL Planned Power Shutdown

Princess Road – 11th January 2022 from 8am to 5pm

Areas along Princess Road : Part of Princess Road from the junction of Cunningham Road to High Level Reservoir, Veivaucewa Settlement, Vuniniu Settlement, Savutalele Settlement Tacirua Transport, Teca Store and Whole of Kali Place Tamavua, Kartar Singh, Veivaucewa Settlement, Nagatugatu Reservoir, Jame Investment Store, Part of Tacirua Village, Nakobalevu Settlement Dokanaisuva Settlement, Nairairailabu Settlement, Tacirua Taxi, Sublime Tyres, Standard Hire Plant, Forestry Reserve, Dokanaisuva Reservoir, Part of Colo-i-Suva, Marshall Street, Colo-i-suva Park, Colo-i-suva Forestry Department, Rainforest Eco Resort, Colo-i-suva Police Station, Goodman Fielder (Crest Chicken), TLTB Native Tree Reserve, Colo-i-suva reservoir, Vodafone Tower, Forestry Park Station, Rainforest Road, Colo-i-suva Road, Forestry Training and Educational Division, Vikoba Settlement, Fintel, Digicel, Mai TV, FBC TV, Fiji 1, Telecom Towers.

Partial Outage(8.00am to 9.00am and 4.00pm to 5.00pm)
Part of Khalsa Road from junction of Princess Road to Khalsa Settlement, Tacirua, Lakha Singh Road, Tacirua Heights, Amazing Grace Kindergarten school, Sashi’s Shopping Centre, Wrong Turn shop, Telecom Tower, Raibevu street, Dokainasuva Street, Marama Store, Khalsa Dairy shop, Khalsa Settlement, Raisaluwaki Road.

Entertainment

Editor’s movie picks:

The King’s Man:

  • Village 6 – 4.20pm, 8.20pm
  • Life Cinema Nakasi –12pm, 8.40pm
  • Life Cinema Lautoka– 11.10am

Pushpa: The Rise Part One:

  • Village 6 – 7.20pm
  • Life Cinema Nakasi – 1.10pm, 7.30pm
  • Life Cinema Lautoka – 1pm

 

COVID-19

Health Ministry advice:

  • People with severe COVID-19 are still dying at home, or are coming to a medical facility in the late stages of severe illness.
  • Severe COVID-19 is a medical emergency, and a delay in receiving appropriate medical treatment reduces your chance of recovering from the disease. You are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 if you are over the age of 50 or have a non-communicable disease or chronic disease like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, or if you are obese or pregnant.
  • If you are at high risk of severe disease and have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat, body ache, headache, loss of taste/smell – please come to your nearest screening clinic to be checked and tested by our medical teams.
  • The severe symptoms of COVID-19, include the following: – Difficulty breathing; – Persistent pain or pressure in the chest; – Severe headache for a few days; – New confusion, inability to wake or stay awake; – Pale, gray, or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds.

Source: MOHMS 

On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).  This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes. Here is a summary of what is currently known.

Current knowledge about Omicron

Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron and will continue to share the findings of these studies as they become available.

Transmissibility: It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta. The number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors.

Severity of disease: It is not yet clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease compared to infections with other variants, including Delta.  Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, but this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of specific infection with Omicron.  There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants.  Initial reported infections were among university students—younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease—but understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks.  All variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant that is dominant worldwide, can cause severe disease or death, in particular for the most vulnerable people, and thus prevention is always key.

Source: WHO

 

 

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