COVID-19: Omicron discovery sharp reminder to Fijians – Dr Fong

Syringes with needles are seen in front of a displayed stock graph and words "Omicron SARS-CoV-2" in this illustration taken, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services says that the discovery of Omicron is a sharp reminder to all Fijians that the key to avoiding future restrictions and lockdowns is for all to remain cautious about how they engage in the greater freedom they will enjoy.

Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said while the easing of restrictions was needed to facilitate livelihoods, “we must ensure that together with vaccination, we continue to observe our COVID safe measures and avoid contained spaces and crowds”.

Dr Fong he remained “extremely concerned” at the lack of adherence to COVID safe measures in gatherings throughout the country, especially the adherence to masking in indoor public spaces.

He said after the Delta outbreak this year, it was understandable that many would feel the urge to relax and celebrate now that case numbers were low, especially during the festive season.

“And many of us have let our guards slip,” Dr Fong said.

“We are all human. But this must stop as vaccination and COVID safe measures are the only way to safely navigate our way through the pandemic while facilitating socioeconomic recovery and well-being.”

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