Fijians warned not to lower guard against COVID-19

2021-05-02 14:06:18 GMT2021-05-02 22:06:18(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SUVA, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's health authorities warned Fijians on Sunday not to lower their guard against COVID-19 after no reports of new cases in the island nation over the past 24 hours.

According to Fiji's Health Ministry, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Fiji on Sunday, but the danger is not over.

"It doesn't mean there are no cases out there; it means none have been detected over the past 24 hours. We are certain there are more cases that will develop or -- worryingly -- that an unconfirmed case of the virus has already developed into a highly-contagious disease. Our biggest fear right now is that someone, with symptoms, has not reported to a screening clinic or called 158. This virus arrives in waves. A lull can often signal a surge. So let's not let one day of no new cases fool anyone into thinking this storm is over," said James Fong, permanent secretary for the health ministry.

He confirmed that three cases have fully recovered and Fiji now has 49 active cases, including 16 imported cases, 31 locally transmitted cases and two still being under investigation to determine the source of transmission.

Currently, Fiji has 119 cases in total, with 68 recoveries and two deaths, since its first confirmed case was recorded on March 19 last year.

A total of 53,253 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted so far, with a daily average of 832 tests per day over the last seven days.

Meanwhile, he also confirmed that the Suva-Nausori Lockdown Zone will revert into two separate containment areas, the Suva Containment Area and the Nausori Containment Area, from 4:00 a.m. loca time on Monday morning.

No person will be allowed to cross the containment check points, unless it is for medical emergency, while curfew hours will be from 11:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. daily. Essential services such as supermarkets, banks, pharmacies and other essential businesses as identified by the health ministry may operate, but businesses that are not on the list of essential services should not open.

Fijians also have been asked to stay at home unless they have an essential reason to leave in the coming days. Enditem