Last Updated on 29 mins by Publishing Team
The 7-day average of new cases per day is 44 cases per day or 50 cases per million population per day. As previously announced by the Permanent Secretary, the daily case numbers are currently not being used as the sole indicator to monitor the progress of the outbreak. The Ministry continues monitoring other indicators such as test positivity, hospitalisations, and deaths to track the progress of the outbreak, and it is noted that there is a downward trend across all indicators of the COVID-19 epidemic in Fiji.
With the reduction in testing numbers, which is above the WHO recommended rate of 4 tests per 1,000 population per week (or approx. 3,500 tests per week), we will transition to community surveillance testing as severe disease numbers and positivity rates approach the containment phase levels.
Disease Surveillance for Maritime Communities
The indications from the Maritime islands that were affected by COVID-19 is that the situation is now under control. The Lautoka Yasawa community engagement initiative continues for another 10 days with civil servants from different Ministries helping to facilitate containment and vaccination efforts. The Ministry is currently surveying other maritime communities and islands close to those maritime islands that are reporting cases of COVID-19. So far we have no report of outbreaks in other islands.
Local Repatriation Protocol
The Fiji Day announcements made on Sunday night have indicated 2 major changes to the local repatriation protocol from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu.
- The period of movement restriction within the quarantine program is now reduced to 7 days
- The option for home quarantine will be made more available
Please note that this means that we still have a quarantine process in place that needs to be adhered to. To facilitate the oversight and testing logistics of this quarantine protocol we will still need individuals to get a Repatriation Pass. This requires that all repatriation travelers must be registered and issued with a Registration Reference Number for Domestic Repatriation. The registered applicants are those that have been registered for domestic repatriation on #163, MCTTT Facebook Page, and via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Travelers must obtain a Pass before purchasing their tickets to travel and board a vessel or aircraft. All passes will be issued by MHMS through the Office of the Commissioners (Central and Eastern Divisions). Further inquiries on obtaining a Pass can be made on the 158 covid helpline, the contact number 3475190 which will be active from 8 am to 9 pm daily or through the emails email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.