Min­istry ups virus test­ing

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The Min­istry of Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices has di­rected those suf­fer­ing from pneu­mo­nia and se­vere res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses to be tested for COVID-19. Of the 18 COVID-19 cases the coun­try recorded, 15 have re­cov­ered. Fiji has not recorded a new COVID-19 case since April 20, 2020.

Min­is­ter Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete said the Min­istry was test­ing beyond World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion cri­te­ria in a bid to en­sure that the virus re­mained at bay.

“We are also do­ing ran­dom test­ing of front­line work­ers, who had worked in the front­line, who may have been look­ing af­ter the sus­pected or con­firmed cases,” he said. “We will con­tinue to in­crease our test­ing ca­pac­ity so that we are able to con­trol the spread of the virus and also avoid a sec­ond wave in the coun­try.”

He said the three ac­tive cases that re­mained in iso­la­tion were in sta­ble con­di­tion.

“They have not shown any symp­toms of the virus, but the test re­sults re­main pos­i­tive.

“It has a pro­tracted cause and that is what we have taken into con­sid­er­a­tion - to have a con­trol of the virus in mak­ing sure we don’t have a sec­ond wave of the dis­ease.

“We are still very much in the fight and we need to work to­gether as a nation to com­bat this.”

Lep­tospiro­sis, ty­phoid, di­ar­rhoea, dengue (LTDD)

Dr Waqain­a­bete said they con­tin­ued to col­lec­tively work hand in hand to avoid those dis­eases.

“It has been brought to the fore be­cause of the re­cent weather pat­terns, but we will en­sure to work to­wards ze­ro­ing that.

“We have seen the curve gone down on the num­ber of Lep­tospiro­sis, dengue, ty­phoid and di­ar­rhea cases in the last few months, the num­bers now are not as sig­nif­i­cant as be­fore.”

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