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Fiji needs to look at the situation of nations like Italy, and prepare the fight against COVID-19 collectively.
Fiji can expect more cases in the near future, now that the country has recorded five cases, with three confirmed in as many days.
Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama said the Fijian government is quickly acquiring new beds and ventilators and taking other measures that will be announced by Minister for Economy in tomorrow’s supplementary budget address.
“But the fact is, if what happened in Italy happens in Fiji, our healthcare system would buckle. The grim reality is that in Fiji, the number of deaths for this many cases would likely be much, much higher.”
Bainimarama said there are a vast number of Fijians in isolation and under compulsory self-quarantine.
“It is likely we’ll confirm more cases in the near future. That is why it’s vital everyone, everywhere in Fiji, continues to avoid all non-essential travel. Children should stay at home. The elderly should stay at home. For everyone else, outside of going to work, buying food, medicine or essential goods, getting money or accessing a life-sustaining service, do not leave the house.”
The average age of our five confirmed COVID-19 patients in Fiji is 27 years old.
Meanwhile, more than 20 fever clinics have been set up Fiji wide to screen people for possible COVID-19.
Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete is urging Fijians with flu like symptoms to visit their nearest fever clinic rather than a hospital or health centre.
“These are the fever clinics where members of the public who have a fever or flu can visit rather than congregating at the hospital, where we’ll be able to demarcate those who may have the seasonal flu and those who we suspect may have COVID-19,”Dr Waqainabete said.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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