Significant community transmission in Labasa – FBC News


There is now significant community transmission of COVID-19 in the North Division.

Permanent Secretary of Health Dr James Fong revealed that 70% of people who presented for a swab at a clinic in Labasa town tested positive.

And, he says, a number of doctors and nurses have also tested positive.

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As they finalize the total number of positive COVID cases in the division, Dr Fong reveals that there are currently 11 positive people admitted to Labasa hospital.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong [front, middle] during his visit to the north.

These, he says, gave them a good indication of the level of community transmission in Labasa and the impact of vaccination.


“I think we already have a lot of transmissions going. If I take this data from the group of people who were waiting outside the health center while getting tested, if 70 percent of them were positive at this point, I guess there will be a lot of positive people in the North Division at the moment ”.

This morning, Dr Fong recalled all medical staff on leave, especially in the North Division – to help deal with the situation on the ground.

He points out that Labasa is capable and equipped to handle his third wave.

“Labasa is in a much better position to deal with this wave than the Central Division were when it hit us. I know there have been a lot of lessons learned from our previous episodes in the central division where a lot of people from the north have gone, I’m pretty confident that we won’t see the scale of the problem that we saw in the division. central and north ”.

Dr Fong adds that personal monitoring and adherence to COVID safety protocols are more important than ever and they will enforce them for the general public.


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