COVID-19 Fiji: Fiji cut back on COVID-19 updates as cases drop

COVID-19 cases in Fiji continue to drop, and as such the country’s Ministry of Health has decided to cut back on its coronavirus updates to once a week, beginning next week.

The decision to issue updates once a week, starting Thursday next week comes in the wake of the removal of in-country testing of incoming travellers and the reduction of the isolation period for positive COVID-19 cases to five days.

In the ministry’s latest COVID-19 update released last night, the ministry reported 18 new cases of coronavirus over four days, compared to 24 recorded over three days in its previous update last Thursday.

Of the 18 new cases, 11 were recorded on Friday 2 September, three on Saturday 3 September, none on Sunday 4 September, and four new cases as of 8am yesterday. Of the 18 cases recorded, six were recorded in the Central Division; 12 cases in the Western Division with nil cases in the Northern and Eastern divisions.

At present, Fiji does not have any (0) admissions as a direct cause of COVID-19. However, seven (7) admissions have been tested as covid positive but are admitted for other diseases. Patients presented to the hospital are tested before admission therefore, a high number of people who are admitted for non-covid health conditions, test positive for COVID-19 due to the current level of transmission in the community.

Of the seven, six are asymptomatic and in the mild category, and one is in the moderate category.

Meanwhile, local hospitals are maintaining stringent COVID safe measures which include restricting visitors and more strict enforcement of masking, and hand sanitisation practices while strengthening screening protocols. This, the ministry states is to help minimise the risk to patients admitted for severe non-COVID ailments.

For workplaces, the ministry strongly advises that COVID safe measures be continually promoted and enforced by management.

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