COVID-19: Duo in ICU are okay; war against virus will not be won in four days – Dr Fong

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary, Dr. James Fong. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

The two COVID-19 patients who transferred to intensive care this week “are doing OK”, Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said yesterday.

During an announcement on Monday, he had said the conditions of the two patients had deteriorated.

He had also announced two new cases of local transmission – the husband of case number 159 from the Vunimono cluster and a healthcare worker from the Colo-i-Suva isolation ward.

The healthcare worker registered a positive COVID-19 test result during a routine swabbing, and both cases were asymptomatic, he said.

Contact tracing were ongoing for both cases.

Dr Fong had also said on Monday that while the Suva-Nausori lockdown had proven effective by allowing health teams to conduct contact tracing, screening and testing, there could be a need to continue lockdown and containment measures.

“What is clear at this stage is that our war against the virus will not be won in four days,” he said.

“For the foreseeable future, we still need people to remain at home as much as possible.

“For our containment to be effective from a socio-economic and epidemiological standpoint, we are developing new COVID-safe measures to allow access to food, other essential items and services, as well as sustainable livelihoods.”

Dr Fong said as of Monday, there were 51 active COVID cases, four were border quarantine, 35 local and 12 classified as community transmission until proven otherwise.

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