What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone.

Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today.

First, here is your weather forecast for today:

Weather

  • A trough of low pressure lies just to the southwest of Fiji and is gradually moving east over the country.
  • Associated cloud and showers to affect the group till tomorrow.
  • Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.
  • Occasional showers about Moala group and southern Lau group.
  • Showers increasing to rain with few thunderstorms tonight.
  • Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated thunderstorms overCoral Coast to Navua, greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu, interiorSerua-Namosi and Naitasiri. Showers becoming frequent tonight.
  • Fine apart from isolated afternoon and evening showers and possible thunderstorms over the rest of Viti Levu.
  • Showers becoming frequent tonight.
  • Fine apart from brief showers over Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Lomaiviti group and northern Lau group today.
  • Showers becoming frequent over Lomaviti, northern Lau group, Cakudrove and southern Bua tonight.
  • Occasional showers over Yasawa and Mamanuca group from tonight.
  • Isolated heavy falls and squally showers and thunderstorms likely over Viti Levu, Kadavu, Moala and Southern Lau group.
  • Showers gradually easing from the west tomorrow.
  • Cool change from tomorrow.
  • Moderate north to northwest winds.
  • Winds tending southerly from the southwest tomorrow and becoming moderate to fresh.
  • Moderate seas, becoming moderate to rough from the west later tomorrow.
  • Outlook for Friday : Cloudy periods with brief showers over Coral Coast to Navua, greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu, interior Serua-Namosi and Naitasiri, Cakudrove and Southern Bua.
  • Fine apart from brief showers over Lau and Lomaiviti group. Partly cloudy elsewhere. Cool at night.

 COVID-19 daily press briefing

  • The Permanent Secretary of Health and Medical Services will issue updated statements – this can be accessed via the Fijian Government FB page.

COVID-19 vaccination

  • Stay alert and monitor radio announcements and check the Government’s Facebook page to get the updated schedule of the mobile vaccination teams in your communities.

General information

  • French Ciné-Club – My donkey, my lover & I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes) 7pm at Alliance Française de Suva
  • Nausori Adults Hapkido Martial Arts Program 6pm at Nausori Catholic Parish Hall
  • Nausori Kids Hapkido Martial Arts Program 3.30pm at Nausori Catholic Parish Hall
  • Islands Electric Business House Bowls 2022 6pm at Nadi Sports & Social Club

 EFL Planned Power Shutdown

  • Richards Road – 7am to 6pm

 Editor’s movie picks:

  • Bullet Train – 5:45pm at Life Cinema Lautoka; 3pm, 9.10pm at Life Cinema Nadi; 2:50pm, 6:00pm at Life Cinema Nakasi; 11:30am, 5:40pm at Life Cinema Labasa
  • Raksha Bandhan – 1pm, 5.20pm, 8.10pm at Village 6, Suva

 COVID-19

Health Ministry advice:

  • People with severe COVID-19 are still dying at home, or are coming to a medical facility in the late stages of severe illness.
  • Severe COVID-19 is a medical emergency, and a delay in receiving appropriate medical treatment reduces your chance of recovering from the disease. You are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 if you are over the age of 50 or have a non-communicable disease or chronic disease like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, or if you are obese or pregnant.
  • If you are at high risk of severe disease and have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat, body ache, headache, loss of taste/smell – please come to your nearest screening clinic to be checked and tested by our medical teams.
  • The severe symptoms of COVID-19, include the following: – Difficulty breathing; – Persistent pain or pressure in the chest; – Severe headache for a few days; – New confusion, inability to wake or stay awake; – Pale, gray, or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds.

Source: MOHMS

 On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).  This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it causes. Here is a summary of what is currently known.

Current knowledge about Omicron

Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron and will continue to share the findings of these studies as they become available.

Transmissibility: It is not yet clear whether Omicron is more transmissible (e.g., more easily spread from person to person) compared to other variants, including Delta. The number of people testing positive has risen in areas of South Africa affected by this variant, but epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors.

Severity of disease: It is not yet clear whether infection with Omicron causes more severe disease compared to infections with other variants, including Delta.  Preliminary data suggests that there are increasing rates of hospitalization in South Africa, but this may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected, rather than a result of specific infection with Omicron.  There is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants.  Initial reported infections were among university students—younger individuals who tend to have more mild disease—but understanding the level of severity of the Omicron variant will take days to several weeks.  All variants of COVID-19, including the Delta variant that is dominant worldwide, can cause severe disease or death, in particular for the most vulnerable people, and thus prevention is always key.

Source: WHO

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