COVID-19 Fiji: Northerners urged to adhere to safe measures

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The Northern Division has recorded 29 cases via the Ministry of Health’s real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

The ministry has also reported that while 74 cases have tested positive through the rapid diagnostic test (RDT), those were presumed COVID-19 positive unless disproved on RT-PCR.

Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said cases in the Northern Division were expected once the borders between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu were lifted in November for fully vaccinated travellers – after 80 per cent vaccination coverage was achieved.

He said it was expected that while cases would occur in the community in the Northern Division, the high vaccination coverage would mean that fewer people would develop the severe disease when compared to the outbreaks on Viti Levu.

“However, as with the rest of Fiji, we are urging everyone in the Northern Division to continue to adhere to COVID-19 safe measures. We know that those who remain unvaccinated and some people whose immune systems have not been able to develop a good response to the vaccines will still be at higher risk of severe disease,” Dr Fong said last night.

“The international spread of the Omicron variant gives further reason for everyone to adhere to COVID-19 safe measures as well as vaccination.”

In response to the increase in cases in the North, Dr Fong said the health teams would work tirelessly with other government agencies to institute mitigation measures and prepare health facilities should there be a rise in severe COVID-19 cases.

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