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 is expected to approach the group from the north and lie just northwest of Fiji on Thursday.
  • Associated cloud and showers expected to affect the country from Thursday.
  • Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Fresh to strong east to southeasterly winds with average speeds of 37 to 45kmhr over Yasawa group, Ra-Rakiraki area and southern Bua province.
  • Elsewhere, moderate to fresh east to southeast winds.
  • Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms.
  • Rough seas.
  • Outlook for Friday : Strong winds easing to moderate to fresh southeast winds.
  • Occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms over most places.

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.

General information

  • Strengthening the Productivity Ecosystems : Institutions & Partners 7am at Grand Pacific Hotel
  • Bose ni Komiti ni Yau e Saika 5.30am at Saravi Village Hall
  • Cultural Performance Tickets to Fiji Untold Show by VOU Dance Fiji 8pm at Lot 13, Maqelevu Road, Nadi

  EFL Planned Power Shutdown

  • Sigatoka – 7am to 6pm
  • Waimari Circular Road – 9am to 4.30pm
  • Part of Sawani-Serea Road – 7.30am to 6pm
  • Nausori – 8am to 6pm

 

Editor’s movie picks:

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– 20pm, 5.20pm, 5.35pm, 8.30pm at Life Cinema Lautoka; 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.45pm, 8.40pm at Life Cinema Nadi; 11.40am, 2.30pm, 8.40pm at Life Cinema Nakasi; 11.10am, 2.30pm, 5.25pm, 8.35pm at Life Cinema Labasa
  • Jayeshbhai Jordaar – 10.30am, 5.10pm at Village 6, Suva

 Current Affairs:

  • Minister Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Shaheen Ali to Officiate at the National Workshop on Non-Communicable Diseases at 9am at Albert Park Conference Room
  • Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar Bala to officiate at the Youth Farm Initiative Grant Handover Ceremony at 10am at Yavusania Village, Nadi

 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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