What’s happening today!
28 September, 2022, 6:00 am
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:
- A weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the eastern parts of the group.
- Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect the northern and eastern parts of the country till early Wednesday.
- Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group:Occasional showers over Kadavu, Lau and Lomaiviti group, Taveuni and Qamea, Cakudrove and northern and eastern Macuata Province.
- Isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls likely.
- Brief showers over Suva/Nausori – Tailevu, eastern Ra, Naitasiri and Serua-Namosi. Elsewhere, fine apart from isolated afternoon or evening showers.
- Isolated thunderstorms and heavy falls likely in the afternoon and evening.
- Moderate east to northeast winds.
- Moderate seas.
- Outlook for Wednesday : Cloudy periods with some showers over Suva/Nausori – Tailevu, eastern Ra, Naitasiri and Serua-Namosi, Sigatoka – Korolevu, eastern Macuata, Cakudrove, Southern Bua, Kadavu, Beqa and Vatulele, Lau and Lomaiviti group.
- Elsewhere, isolated afternoon or evening showers.
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.
- 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.
- Suva Business House Mix Volleyball Series – Round 2 5pm at the National Netball Centre
- Fiji and Tiger Self Defense training 6pm in Suva
- Navua NRL League Star Program 3.30pm at Vashist Muni College
- QVSOB Northland branch meet 5pm at Korovou Police Bure. For Victorian 7s.
Editor’s movie picks:
- Jeepers Creepers: Reborn – 11.40am, 5.55pm at Life Cinema Lautoka; 11.30am, 6.10pm, 9.00pm at Life Cinema Nadi; 2:35pm, 8:50pm at Life Cinema Nakasi 12:00pm, 8:40pmat Life Cinema Labasa
- The Woman King – 11.30am, 7.30pm at Village 6, Suva
- Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar to officiate at the School Prefect Induction at Penang Sangam Primary School, Ra at 1pm
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.
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.