September 24, 2020

Suva lockdown ends but fight against COVID-19 continues

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There are currently 17 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Fiji. The Government remains on the highest alert level and will advise the public as soon as possible if more cases are found.

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is urging members of the public not to be complacent now that the lockdown of Suva has been lifted.

More than 200,000 people were screened within the lockdown area and no evidence of further infection was found.

As stated by the Prime Minister, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, lifting of the lockdown should not be taken as a sign that the threat of COVID-19 has lessened – it still poses a serious and deadly threat to the nation.

The nationwide curfew from 8pm to 5am remains in place, gyms, pools, cinemas remain closed and public gatherings are still prohibited.

The Ministry is also urging the members of the public to maintain a safe distance between them and others while out and about. Maintaining safe physical distance has been identified as an effective measure to control the transmission of the virus.

Everyone must continue with good personal hygiene – clean hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Do not share utensils, bottles, bilo and cigarettes and do not spit in open places.

Fijians must remain on guard against COVID-19 and are advised to the call toll free number 158 for any COVID-19 related information.

 

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The Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  •         fever
  •         flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat or headaches; or
  •         difficulty breathing.

The Government of Fiji remains on the highest level of alert in response to this global pandemic. We know that finding cases early and isolating them quickly is key to containing this disease. As the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to many other respiratory illnesses (including the common cold and influenza) it is expected that the Ministry will continue to investigate more persons with relevant travel history and symptoms related to COVID-19.

What can you do?

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services wishes to strongly urge the public to not share rumours and misinformation, and to use credible sources for information on COVID-19:

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services website:

www.health.gov.fj

Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/MoHFiji/

World Health Organization (WHO) website:

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The Fijian Ministry of Health and Medical Services is monitoring the developing situation and will provide updates regularly to the public.