What’s happening today!
9 March, 2023, 6:00 am
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:
- A trough of low pressure lies just north of Vanua Levu and is gradually moving northeast.
- Associated cloud and rain bands expected to affect parts of the Northern Division today and clear the group from tomorrow.
- Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over Cakaudrove province, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.
- Rain easing to some showers from tomorrow.
COVID-19 daily press briefing
- The Permanent Secretary of Health and Medical Services will issue updated statements – this can be accessed via the Fijian Government FB page.
- Stay alert and monitor radio announcements and check the Government’s Facebook page to get the updated schedule of the mobile vaccination teams in your communities.
- French Ciné-Club – Visages Villages (Faces Places) 7pm at Alliance Française de Suva
EFL Planned Power Shutdown
- Labasa – 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Taveuni – 7.30am to 5.00pm
- Vunikawai Road – 8.00am to 5.00pm
- Muana Village, Rewa – 8.00am to 5.00pm
- Kings Road, Wainibuka – 8.00am to 6.00pm
- Savusavu – 8.30am to 4.00pm
- Ovalau – 9.00am to 4.30pm
- Field 40 – 8.30am to 4.30pm
- Varadoli, Ba – 8.30am to 5.00pm
- Votualevu, Nadi – 9.00am to 4.30pm
- Whole of Nakavu Village, Nadi – 9.00am to 4.00pm
- Part of Nadi Back Road, Nadi – 9.00am to 4.00pm
Editor’s movie picks:
- Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar 10:40am, 2:10pm, 8:15pm at Life Cinema Lautoka; 10:50am, 5:25pm at Life Cinema Nadi; 11:10am, 1:45pm at Life Cinema Nakasi; 10:35am, 2:00pm, 8:30pm at life Cinema Labasa
- Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar – 10.30am, 1.30pm, 5.20pm, 8pm at Village 6, Suva
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.
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.