Conduct funerals and drink kava within COVID19 safe parameters: Dr Fong

In the last 48 hours, Fiji recorded another 41 cases, the majority of which has been linked to funerals and/or grog drinking.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong said neither is bad, but urged for more careful thought in the manner they are carried out in keeping with COVID19 safe measures.

“Grog drinking is an important part of our culture and our social life in Fiji, but we must ask that people refrain from sharing grog with people from outside their household during this pandemic period. We need 10 persons only at the burial site. Funeral gatherings before and after the burials need to be discouraged strongly as they generate the most COVID-unsafe behaviour,” Dr Fong said.

As announced yesterday by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, funeral COVID-19 measures will now be enforced by the armed forces.

Meanwhile, the 41 cases (18 yesterday 29 May (including the two in Nadi) and 23 today, 30 May) reported over the last 48 hours are linked to existing clusters.

  • Cases Breakdown is as follows:
  • -Narere cluster – 9
    -Waila cluster – 12
    -Muanikoso cluster – 1
    -Navy cluster – 16 (including 1 from Nadonumai, Lami and 3 from Khalsa)
    -Korociri Nadi – 2
  • -Nadali cluster – 1

The two cases from Korociri, Nadi are linked, but not to any of the existing clusters.

Fiji now has 233 active cases, of which two are in Nadi, and 231 in the Suva-Lami-Nausori containment zone. Two of the current active cases are considered severe and are being attended to at the CWM Hospital ICU.

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