More than 4000 Tests Con­ducted: Min­is­ter

Fiji Sun - - NATION - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ivamere Nataro

More than 4000 COVID-19 tests have been con­ducted in the coun­try as of the past week, says Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Dr Ifer­eimi Waqain­a­bete.

Dr Waqain­a­bete said the min­istry’s test­ing ca­pac­ity had in­creased dra­mat­i­cally from 15 tests daily to now 100 tests.

“Our pos­i­tiv­ity rate is one of the high­est in the world, we are test­ing very widely and be­yond World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion cri­te­ria and we want to make sure we test as much as we can,” he said.

Lep­tospiro­sis, Ty­phoid, Di­ar­rhea, Dengue

Dr Waqain­a­bete said three peo­ple had died from dengue-re­lated ill­nesses in the coun­try post se­vere Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston.

He said the pub­lic health com­po­nents also fo­cused on lep­tospiro­sis, ty­phoid, di­ar­rhea and dengue.

“I’m also ac­tu­ally pleased to see that dif­fer­ent mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils, com­mu­nity mem­bers and or­gan­i­sa­tions are help­ing us in this fight.”

He said they con­tin­ued to pro­vide ad­vice and ap­pro­pri­ate rec­om­men­da­tions to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice re­gard­ing the lifting of re­stric­tions.

“The thing that’s be­com­ing very clear is that when re­stric­tions are lifted and a coun­try goes back to their new nor­mal the risk of COVID-19 is very high.

“So we have to keep push­ing this new be­havioural change in which we live in the new nor­mal.”

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