Fiji confirms Omicron transmission in community

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Suva, Jan 4 : Fiji’s Health Ministry confirmed on Tuesday transmission of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the country’s community.

Fiji’s Permanent Secretary for Health Ministry James Fong said that the results of positive samples sent to the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne for genomic sequencing have confirmed that Fiji has community transmission of both Omicron and Delta variants.

Fong was quoted by a statement from the health ministry as saying that this explains the high number of cases recorded recently given the high transmissibility of the variant.

The ministry reported 580 new cases and two Covid-19 deaths in its most recent update.

Fong said with more than 92 percent of adults fully vaccinated in Fiji, they expect that their high vaccination rates, plus the infection-induced immunity from a large number of people who were infected during the last wave, will help to lower the number of people that develop severe disease.

Currently, 92.2 percent of the adult target population in the South Pacific island country are now fully vaccinated while 97.8 percent have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

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