Covid-19: Fiji health system overwhelmed by third wave

Health staff who test positive for Covid-19 are being isolated which the government says has contributed to depleted staff numbers in the front-line.

Fiji's Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said with the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, containing any transmission is priority.

"What we've done is to make sure, we've used the available young doctors at CWM. They have been mobilized to support them in the health centres. So now they have a full cohort back on the ground," he said.


Photo file  Caption:  CWM Hospital in Suva Fiji  

NCC Releases Latest COVID-19 Figures

Northern Province reported 40 cases, while the National Capital District recorded one.

The latest figures now brings total COVID-19 confirmed cases to 36,326. During the period Thursday 6th to Friday 7th, no new deaths and Delta cases were recorded.

The NCC also released a summary of COVID-19 statistics in the 22 provinces:


St. John Reports Decline In COVID-19 Cases

Chief Executive Officer, Matt Cannon said according to its Ambulance transport data, they responded to 400 emergency incidents across the country with no COVID-19 cases.

On Thursday 30 Dec 2021 to Wednesday 5th January St John Ambulance responded to 71 respiratory cases. About 49 respiratory cases in NCD, Central 8, Morobe 4, Chimbu 5, while East New Britain recorded 5 cases.

“There have been zero confirmed COVID-19 cases attended to by ambulance officers. However, there were 71 respiratory cases.”

One COVID-19 Death Reported

The latest death recorded on 5 January, now brings the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 591 after been stalled at 590 for a while.

Meanwhile there has been an increase in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases reported. On the 3rd and 5th January 2022 there was one (1) newly confirmed case respectively, whilst there were 3 new positive cases on the 4th January.

NRL players banned from pubs, clubs, movies under new Covid measures

The escalating Covid-19 threat across Australia has prompted the NRL to impose a series of hardline restrictions on its players, even though there’s still two months until season kick-off.

Part of the measures include a return to the bubble-like protocols which ensured the 2020 and 2021 seasons were completed, with sources familiar with the situation saying all players had been told not to enter pubs, bars, nightclubs, bowling alleys and cinemas until further notice.

NCC Release COVID-19 Update

The NCC also highlighted in their latest statistics that Delta cases have not increased since the last count of 627.

From latest COVID-19 update from the NCC, Papua New Guinea recorded 11 COVID-19 infections on Friday 31 December 2021, increasing the total confirmed cases to 36,190.

The NCC confirmed that the new cases were recorded in Northern with seven, East New Britain two, while Central and Western Highlands recorded one each.

As of December 31st 2021, 35,515 persons have recovered from the virus, while the dead toll remains at 590.

Frank Pritchard ‘stable’ as NRL great fights for life following Covid complications

The update comes a day after Channel 9 reported Pritchard was on life support with a collapsed lung, among other issues due to the virus.

The Daily Telegraph also reported Pritchard had been in the ICU at Liverpool Hospital and has had an ongoing problem with asthma issues.

According to Gould, though, Pritchard is “stable”.

“Just an update on Frank Pritchard from his Brother. He’s out of the coma and in a ward. Lungs are still weak, but in stable condition. Will keep you updated. Prayers are helping. Thanks everyone,” Gould tweeted.

World reacts to UK DJ Dimension bringing New Zealand its first community Omicron case

UK-based Dimension, AKA Robert Etheridge, confirmed in an Instagram post he tested positive for Omicron, making him New Zealand's first community case of the fast-spreading COVID-19 variant.

The Ministry of Health said he arrived on a flight from the UK on December 16 and after three negative test results in managed isolation, was allowed to complete his final three days in self-isolation.

But the Ministry said he didn't wait for his negative day nine test result before leaving self-isolation, as required, and went on to visit multiple venues including a nightclub.

NSW records 18,278 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths

Hospitalisations have risen to 1066, up from 901 in the previous reporting period, with 83 patients in intensive care.

There are five times as many people being treated for Covid-19 in the state's hospitals as there were in mid-December, although the number of people in intensive care has increased at a slower rate.

Premier Dominic Perrottet last week said the health system "remains strong" and the state was in a "very strong position" despite the fast-growing case numbers and increase in hospitalisations because of the Omicron variant outbreak.

Surge in Covid-19 cases in Fiji

The Ministry of Health has reported two deaths taking the death toll to 700 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Both cases had pre-existing medical conditions according to Health Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong.

He said while both these deaths occurred in individuals who have been immunised with 2 doses of the vaccine, they both had significant underlying medical conditions and were over the age of 50.

He adds it is known that these factors place a person at higher risk of severe disease, even if fully vaccinated.