The Fiji Times »From the Editor’s Office: Your January 3 Briefing
Hope you all enjoy your break and wish you the best… be well and stay safe.
Here are some of the headlines that made the Fiji Times’ Monday, January 3 edition.
THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services is supporting the reopening of schools this week. Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong made the comment as Fiji registers 805 new cases with two deaths from COVID-19. He said they had consulted the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, looked at all the evidence and considered the current situation in Fiji. Dr Fong said the ministry’s plan to mitigate this third wave of COVID-19 and the potential health impact of any adverse weather conditions was sufficient.
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-FIJI has registered 805 new cases with two deaths from COVID-19. Dr Fong said 316 new cases were registered on Thursday, 223 new cases were registered on Friday and 266 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. yesterday morning.
– THE MAJORITY of people who tested positive in medical facilities had presented for medical conditions unrelated to COVID and tested positive during routine screening, Dr Fong said.
-The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is aware that a large part of its staff are tired and in need of rest and recovery.
– Dr Fong says he is convinced that the ministry’s plan to mitigate this third wave of COVID-19 and the potential health impact of any adverse weather condition is sufficient.
– THE Department of Health and Medical Services supports the reopening of schools this week. Dr Fong said they had consulted the World Health Organization and UNICEF, looked at all the evidence and considered the current situation in Fiji.
– FIDJI should expect more rain over the next few months. This is after Fiji’s meteorological service released the January-March rainfall forecast report which predicted above-normal rains in most parts of the country.
– THE Ministry of Education is currently recruiting teachers to fill vacancies after 493 teachers left the ministry for a number of reasons, including resignation, retirement, death and dismissal.
– Work on the $ 4.8 million Velovelo bridge in Lautoka is expected to be completed by March of this year. Kamal Prasad, CEO of the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), said that although the work continued, inclement weather conditions had been a major factor in the construction works.
– The Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) urges Fijians not to attack operators who simply provide a service to the public. The call comes after a series of incidents of alleged assault on taxi drivers in the West Division. FTA Chairman Raben Bhan Singh said the spate of alleged assaults on taxi drivers was concerning.
– While many Fijians spent January 1 celebrating the New Year, some parents spent the day getting their kids ready for back to school. Waiyavi resident Dominic Lakshman Kumar said that while he wanted to celebrate the New Year, he was more concerned with buying stationery for his high school son.
– UMENI Siovini says that amid the rising cost of basic food items and the cost of living, she is not sure if her two granddaughters will be able to go to school this week.
– REPAIR shoes outside the Suva Municipal Market, this is how Ashok Kumar puts food on the table for his wife and children. He said his income was barely enough to cover their daily expenses, let alone the educational needs of his children.
– THE FOUNDATION for the Education of Children in Need (FENC) in Fiji assisted more than 6,800 children with school supplies in 2021.
The bulk of the last page concerns rugby sevens, the ruling Fijian rugby federation and new national coach Ben Gollings.