Fijian stakeholders have been urged to brace themselves in case of the COVID-19 strikes again in a fourth wave. This, according to Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete, comes after the World Health Organization issued a warning that figures showed a global increase in COVID-19 cases, which could herald a much larger problem.

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The rise in COVID-19 cases, according to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is only the “tip of the iceberg.”Dr. Waqainabete stated that the pandemic had taught us many lessons and that we were still not out of the woods.”We must continue to protect the country,” he said.He urged frontline border workers to be extremely vigilant, and he backed tourism operators in their efforts to provide safe services to international visitors by conducting surveillance that could trigger timely alerts early to prevent any community outbreaks.”

Know who our vulnerable are and devise a plan for each of them to prevent preventable severe disease and mortality.”

“Establish our agency’s business continuity plans and be prepared to re-orient our resources if the fourth wave and/or a disaster occur.” As part of our vaccine-plus strategy, we will continue to preach and practise COVID-19 measures.”Dr Waqainabete issued the warning during a SWOT analysis on COVID-19 for the Western Division on Friday in Nadi.

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