COVID-19: Risk of transmission highest in clusters

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong during the COVID-19 update virtual press conference on Monday, June 14, 2021. Picture: SCREENGRAB

Clusters are the areas where the risk of transmission is the highest.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong highlighted this during the COVID-19 update virtual press conference tonight.

However Dr Fong said clusters do not always denote a location.

“Someone can be linked to a cluster but live in a different part of Suva than the case they are linked to,” Dr Fong said.

“And there are certainly cases beyond these clusters we have not identified,” he said.

“But risk resides everywhere in the Central Division.

“And –– we have good reason to suspect –– in other areas of Viti Levu as well.

“So we must still take every possible measure to protect ourselves.”

Dr Fong said the current major clusters are in:
• Kinoya
• Navosai
• Nawajikuma-Nadi
• Tramline-Nadi
• Waila
• Grantham Road
• Tacirua
• The Navy Headquarters
• Muanikoso
• The Nasinu Police Barracks

“We have continued to confirm cases at the cluster CWM hospital, which is now a wholly dedicated COVID-care facility,” Dr Fong said.

“We have to combat the virus while continuing to give Fijians access to critical care,” he said.

“We are in discussions with Australia about a range of areas for their continued support, including contingency options, like an AUSMAT deployment, if it should be needed.”

He said the final cluster is within the Incident Management Team I lead, which is why he is still at home under home quarantine as a contact of a confirmed case.

“I have continued to test negative for the virus and expect to clear home quarantine on 17 June following a negative final exit swab.”

 

 

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