The University is aware and deeply concerned with the current resurgence of COVID19 Transmission in and around the country.
There has also been a steady increase in the number of positive cases received among our staff and students from respective campuses.
A recent set of positive samples sent to the Fiji CDC Reference Laboratory in Melbourne for genomic sequencing confirms, what was expected; that we have the BA.5 strain of Omicron in the country. This finding is consistent with the recent significant overall increase in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks coupled with the reported surges in BA.4/BA.5 globally.
In response to recent findings, Community and Workplace leaders have been advised by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to bring back many of the COVID safe measures that respective organizations have learned during the acute outbreak.
As a university, we need to be able to live with COVID by reducing the risk of vulnerable people getting COVID and/or suffering from severe consequences. COVID safe measures prevent us from getting COVID and reduce the risk of spread to the more vulnerable within the University and in the various communities we dwell in.
Effective from today (11 August 2022), the Fiji National University in line with MOHMS revised protocols on COVID-19, shall require the following practices to be implemented immediately under the following conditions:
Your adherence to all articulated COVID Safe Protocols will help prevent the spread of the virus among yourselves and to our university patrons, particularly those individuals who are in the vulnerable age group and those that are living with pre-existing medical conditions.
Let us all continue to advocate for safe COVID measures among ourselves and in the communities, we live in. Let us look out for one another and be responsive to each other’s needs.
Please stay safe and take all necessary precautions.
Dr William May