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 speeds of 37 to 45kmhr over Yasawa group, Ra-Rakiraki area and southern Bua province.
  • Elsewhere, moderate to fresh east to southeast winds.
  • Cloudy periods with isolated brief showers over Suva/Nausori-Tailevu areas, Coastal Serua-Namosi, Cakaudrove province and southern Bua province.
  • Fine weather elsewhere.

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.

Online event

  • Mid-Week Service 6pm by Christ Embassy Cuvu Online Virtual Church

General information

  • Suva Adults Hapkido Self Defense Program 6pm at YMCA gym
  • Suva Kids Hapkido Self Defense Program 4pm at YMCA gym
  • Talanoa Session with People’s Alliance and the National Federation Party 7pm at Korovuto, Western Division

EFL Planned Power Shutdown

  • Nausori Highland Road, Nadi – 9am to 4.30pm
  • Labasa – 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Ovalau – 8am to 4.30pm
  • Kabara, Naitasiri – 9am to 6pm
  • Veisari, Lami – 8am to 5pm
  • Tacirua – 8am to 5pm
  • Waimari Circular Road – 9am to 4.30pm
  • Drasa Dam Road, Lautoka – 8.30am to 5pm
  • Whole of Meigunyah Road, Nadi – 9am to 4pm

 Editor’s movie picks:

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness– 15am, 2.30pm, 5.35pm, 8.30pm at Life Cinema Lautoka; 11.30am, 2.30pm, 5.45pm, 8.40pm at Life Cinema Nadi; 11.40am, 2.15pm, 8.40pm at Life Cinema Nakasi; 10.55 at Life Cinema Labasa
  • Jayeshbhai Jordaar – 1.50pm, 8.20pm at Village 6, Suva

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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