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 over the eastern parts of Fiji and is gradually moving east.
  • Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect parts of the country till tomorrow.
  • Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Occasional showers, heavy at times with isolated thunderstorms over Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Taveuni and Qamea, Cakaudrove and Southern Bua Province.
  • Showers easing tomorrow.
  • Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms over the eastern parts and interior of Viti Levu and Kadavu.
  • Elsewhere, fine apart from isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
  • Isolated afternoon heavy falls likely.
  • Moderate easterly winds, fresh at times.
  • Moderate to rough seas.
  • Outlook for Tuesday: Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms over the eastern parts and interior of the larger islands, Taveuni and Qamea, Lau and Lomaiviti groups and Kadavu.
  • Elsewhere, fine apart from isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

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.

Online event

  • 2022 Western Regional Easter Weekend Youth Camp by by Western Regional Adventist Youth Easter Camp – Fiji at 12pm

General information

  • Fiji and Tiger Self Defense Training 6pm in Suva
  • Navratri Celebration 2022 7pm at Shree Ram Krishna Mandir, Vatuwaqa

EFL Planned Power Shutdown

  • Vuci South Road – 8am to 6pm
  • Labasa – 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Savusavu – 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Viseisei Back Road, Lautoka – 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Samabula – 8.30am to 5pm
  • Sabeto, Nadi – 9am to 4.30pm
  • Yasiyasi Road, Tavua – 9am to 4.30pm
  • Makoi – 9am to 5pm

Editor’s movie picks:

  • Jeepers Creepers: Reborn – 11.40am, 5.55pm at Life Cinema Lautoka; 1.30pm, 6.10pm, 8.45pm at Life Cinema Nadi;  2:40pm, 6.20pm, 8:50pm at Life Cinema Nakasi; 8.40pm at Life Cinema Labasa
  • The Woman King – 10.50am, 7pm 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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