James Foong

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James Foong said : "We have recorded 655 Covid-19 positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted Covid. These are not classified as Covid-19 deaths," External link

rnzi Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "If you have any of these symptoms, please stay home to avoid spreading the disease to others, and in particular those who may be more at risk of severe disease," External link

rnzi Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our task now is to find an approach that is able to control the disease incidents and the hospitalization and that approach has to be pragmatic, ethical, and sustainable for people's livelihood," External link

newshub Monday, January 10, 2022 10:20:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : "Of the 1,280 cases recorded since the last update, 619 cases were recorded in the Central Division; 535 in the Western Division, 114 in the Northern Division and 12 cases in the Eastern Division," External link

rnzi Monday, January 10, 2022 3:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The national 7-day rolling average of cases as of 25 December is 10 daily cases," External link

rnzi Thursday, December 30, 2021 10:33:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “In actual fact those would be good sense actions to take given the cases seen in the North community,” “We urgently need this good sense in the common sense space” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 29, 2021 5:30:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "All their positive samples will be sent to our partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, December 28, 2021 6:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We anticipate an increasing number of cases from border quarantine facilities," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, December 28, 2021 6:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "All their positive samples will be sent to our partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 28, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We anticipate an increasing number of cases from border quarantine facilities," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 28, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "All their positive samples will be sent to our partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We anticipate an increasing number of cases from border quarantine facilities," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “However, as with the rest of Fiji, we are urging everyone in the Northern Division to continue to adhere to COVID-19 safe measures. We know that those who remain unvaccinated and some people whose immune systems have not been able to develop a good response to the vaccines will still be at higher risk of severe disease,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We need to be clear that the objectives of our border measures as they relate to socio-economic recovery. The objective is to reduce the risk of entry of COVID 19 through our borders while allowing for quarantine-free travel from travel partner countries,” “This includes reducing the risk of entry of variants of concern or at least delaying entry. Mitigation of this risk has also been through the designation of travel partner countries and non-travel partner countries” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : “Of the 48 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, 36 cases were recorded in the Northern Division; 11 cases were recorded in the Western Division with five cases from border quarantine, and one case recorded in the Central Division,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Surely, we have learned by now that we underestimate this virus at our peril,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “And many of us have let our guards slip,” “We are all human. But this must stop as vaccination and COVID safe measures are the only way to safely navigate our way through the pandemic while facilitating socioeconomic recovery and well-being” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our team has escalated our surveillance and contact tracing tests," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Our team has escalated our surveillance and contact tracing tests,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 8:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "If a variant is transmissible enough, stringent border and community measures will only delay the inevitable entry and spread of current and future variants of the Covid-19 virus, especially as the Omicron variant is also spreading into some of our travel partner countries," External link

rnzi Sunday, December 19, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "They had entered a border quarantine facility upon arrival to undergo the full quarantine protocol of 10 days," External link

newshub Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The Fiji Airways crew and accompanying passengers from FJ1392 have tested negative at least twice," External link

newshub Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The two travellers are Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th – the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally,” “Both travellers tested negative for COVID-19 before departure from Fiji and before they left Nigeria,” External link

pina Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There has been a total of 697 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 695 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year,” “Please note that due to the time required by clinical teams to investigate, classify and report deaths, a four-day interval is given to calculate the seven days rolling average of deaths, based on the date of death, to help ensure the data collected is complete before the average is reported,” External link

pina Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The two travellers are Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th - the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The Fiji Airways crew and accompanying passengers from FJ1392 have tested negative at least twice," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "They had entered a border quarantine facility upon arrival to undergo the full quarantine protocol of 10 days," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The two travellers are Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th - the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally," External link

rnzi Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The Fiji Airways crew and accompanying passengers from FJ1392 have tested negative at least twice," External link

rnzi Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "They had entered a border quarantine facility upon arrival to undergo the full quarantine protocol of 10 days," External link

rnzi Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “There have been a total of 697 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 695 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year,” “Please note that due to the time required by clinical teams to investigate, classify and report deaths, a four-day interval is given to calculate the seven days rolling average of deaths, based on the date of death, to help ensure the data collected is complete before the average is reported,” External link

fijitimes Monday, December 6, 2021 1:33:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The two travelers are Fijian citizens who had traveled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th – the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally,” “Both travelers tested negative for COVID-19 before departure from Fiji and before they left Nigeria,” External link

fijitimes Monday, December 6, 2021 12:34:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We are doing contact tracing like we always did for positives found on any flight,” External link

fijitimes Monday, December 6, 2021 11:26:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is continuing to improve public health and medical capacities to manage an increase in cases," External link

rnzi Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "However, more study is needed to determine if transmissibility is truly increased if the variant is less responsive to natural and vaccine-induced immunity and if the disease caused by the variant is more severe," External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The preference of the Health Ministry is that travellers from red list countries go to a listed TPC for ten days prior to travelling to Fiji. However, given some international border restrictions, particularly in southern Africa, we understand some Fijian citizens and residents may need to book travel directly to Fiji," External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There is some reported field evidence of increased transmissibility in South Africa, however, epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors,” External link

pina Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "However, more study is needed to determine if transmissibility is truly increased if the variant is less responsive to natural and vaccine-induced immunity and if the disease caused by the variant is more severe," External link

rnzi Monday, November 29, 2021 8:14:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The preference of the Health Ministry is that travellers from red list countries go to a listed TPC for ten days prior to travelling to Fiji. However, given some international border restrictions, particularly in southern Africa, we understand some Fijian citizens and residents may need to book travel directly to Fiji," External link

rnzi Monday, November 29, 2021 8:14:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "That was the reason why we have them (tests) at the hotel is that if I centralise all the testing at hotels, I have a better capability to ensure that all those who come in and need to be tested, are being tested," External link

radioaustralianews-fr Monday, November 29, 2021 11:22:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We commend South Africa on identifying and publishing the first information on this new variant,” External link

fijitimes Monday, November 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “How people make use of it and any other agenda that is not related to COVID-19 and the mask, those are outside of my jurisdiction, I can’t say much about it,” External link

fijitimes Monday, November 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have recorded 588 Covid-positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted Covid-19; these are not classified as Covid deaths," External link

rnzi Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:23:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have also recorded 578 Covid positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted Covid-19; these are not classified as Covid deaths," External link

rnzi Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The news about Molnupiravir is undoubtedly exciting," "Based on a small randomised trial of 775 patients, the drug showed up to 50 percent capability in reducing severe disease and death when given at the onset of infection" External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:41:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : "If I go down and walk along the road, I don't need a mask. But as soon as I come across a group of people standing close to each other, I just put my mask on and walk past them and then I take it off again," "That needs to be the habit that we all get. You walk with your mask, you judge the situation when you put on the mask and you judge the situation when you take off the mask" External link

rnzi Thursday, November 4, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "There is a downward trend across all indicators of the Covid-19 epidemic in Fiji, indicating a positive response to our overall Covid containment and mitigation response," External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 2, 2021 4:10:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “An analysis of the 10 deaths highlighted that individuals were aged between 45 to 92 years; 56 per cent (6) were males; all 10 individuals died at home or on their way to the hospital; and 67 per cent (6) of these deaths were unvaccinated, the remaining 33 per cent (n=4) received only one dose of the vaccine,” “This means that there were no deaths of individuals who were fully vaccinated. Nine of these deaths were reported from August today due to a delay in the issuance of the death certificates” External link

fijitimes Friday, October 22, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “From tomorrow, Tuesday (October 19), all travel from Vanua Levu to the Central Division will not need a registration number nor a MOHMS pass,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The weekly incidence rate graph by division indicates a continually declining trend despite the lifting of the Lami to Nausori containment zones on the 17th of September 2021,” External link

pina Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:57:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We will continue to monitor the trend to better interpret the status of community transmission with other indicators in Fiji," External link

sinacom-en Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:34:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : “Overall, there have been 51, 465 cases recorded, with 71 percent of the cases from the Central division, 27 percent of the cases from the Western Division, and two percent of the cases from the Eastern and Northern division. Our national seven- day rolling average is 54 daily cases calculated for 7th October 2021,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 534 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 25,457 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There have been 51,429 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 51,499 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 47,677 recoveries,” External link

pina Monday, October 11, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 25,457 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 09/10/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Monday, October 11, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There have been 51,258 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 51,328 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 47,291 recoveries,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 526 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Six patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three are in critical condition,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 22,130 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 05/10/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 513 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Six patients are considered to be in severe condition, and six are in critical condition,” External link

pina Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 21,062 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 04/10/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The two deaths from August are being reported today due to a delay in the issuance of the official death certificate,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, October 5, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 503 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Eight patients are considered to be in severe condition, and seven are in critical condition,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have also recorded 493 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Three patients are considered to be in severe condition, and five are in critical condition,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children on the Vaccination Registration System (VRS) before the vaccination. Parental or guardian consent is mandatory before vaccination, and no vaccine will be administered to any child without the consent of the parent or guardian,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Of the total of 87 cases, 57 have recovered, and 30 remain active," External link

rnzi Friday, October 1, 2021 12:28:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 478 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Friday, October 1, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Four patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three are in critical condition,” External link

pina Friday, October 1, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-old denominator,” External link

pina Friday, October 1, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have one-third of the population under 18 years who will soon be eligible for vaccination,” “We will have older people with comorbidities whose ability to build up vaccine immunity is not as good as younger and healthier persons,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:31:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 471 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Four patients are considered to be in severe condition, and five are in critical condition,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The current priority is therefore to prevent the export of cases into non-containment zones. As such, any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the Maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated," "Pre-departure swab tests and quarantine capability are being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond the main island, Viti Levu" External link

nzherald Monday, June 21, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The current priority is therefore to prevent the export of cases into non-containment zones. As such, any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the Maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated," "Pre-departure swab tests and quarantine capability are being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond the main island, Viti Levu" External link

rnzi Monday, June 21, 2021 5:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The current priority is therefore to prevent the export of cases into the other non-containment zones. As such any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the Maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated," "Pre-departure swab tests and Quarantine capability are being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond the main island, Viti Levu" External link

rnzi Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

James Foong told : "We've investigated a few issues that we thought could be linked to such an adverse event, but we've proven them not to have been linked to the vaccine itself," External link

abc-au Friday, June 18, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We have recorded a total of 1533 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020,” “There have been 452 recoveries and six deaths. A total of seven positive patients have died from pre-existing non-Covid related illnesses” External link

Stuff Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:06:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have recorded a total of 1533 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020," "There have been 452 recoveries and 6 deaths. A total of 7 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID related illnesses" External link

newshub Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:22:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have recorded a total of 1,533 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020," "There have been 452 recoveries and 6 deaths. A total of 7 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-Covid related illnesses" External link

rnzi Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:56:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We say our health teams serve on the 'frontline' for a reason. Even when we follow the rules and employ proper PPE, there is always a risk of exposure in the line of duty," "I want to thank my teams who are continuing to guard the wellbeing of our people. Their service and sacrifice have never mattered more" External link

nzherald Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:55:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We say our health teams serve on the 'frontline' for a reason. Even when we follow the rules and employ proper PPE, there is always a risk of exposure in the line of duty," "I want to thank my teams who are continuing to guard the wellbeing of our people. Their service and sacrifice have never mattered more" External link

Stuff Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The ministry expresses our condolences to his family,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 11, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The vaccine administration in Nadi had been temporarily halted due to a case among the administration teams,” “Relevant personnel have since been cleared and vaccine administration in Nadi has resumed” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 11, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The ministry expresses our condolences to his family," External link

rnzi Friday, June 11, 2021 1:46:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The vaccine administration in Nadi had been temporarily halted due to a case among the administration teams," "Relevant personnel have since been cleared and vaccine administration in Nadi has resumed" External link

rnzi Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : "It is clear that the recent escalation in daily case numbers from the Central Division signals the increasing severity of this outbreak," External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:27:00 AM EAT

James Foong déclaré : "Le chiffre élevé de cas confirmés reflète une proportion bien plus grande de cas dans la population" "Nous nous attendons à ce que le bilan quotidien demeure élevé pendant plusieurs jours encore. Nous nous attendons malheureusement à davantage d'hospitalisations car davantage de cas graves de la maladie vont se développer" External link

bfmtv Monday, June 7, 2021 12:53:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, June 7, 2021 12:35:00 PM EAT

James Foong déclaré : "Le chiffre élevé de cas confirmés reflète une proportion bien plus grande de cas dans la population" "Nous nous attendons à ce que le bilan quotidien demeure élevé pendant plusieurs jours encore. Nous nous attendons malheureusement à davantage d'hospitalisations car davantage de cas graves de la maladie vont se développer" External link

afp-fr Monday, June 7, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop," External link

ibtimes Monday, June 7, 2021 11:42:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community," "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop" External link

nzherald Monday, June 7, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," "A way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible" External link

nzherald Monday, June 7, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community," "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop" External link

newshub Monday, June 7, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," "A way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible" External link

newshub Monday, June 7, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community," "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop" External link

rnzi Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:39:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," "A way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible" External link

rnzi Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:39:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have been seeing in recent weeks that a number of infected individuals have reported grog [kava] drinking with others in their cluster," "Grog drinking involves close contact with others drinking out of a common cup, which creates perfect conditions for the virus to spread from one person to another" External link

abc-au Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Don't share a [kava] bowl with colleagues after work or during work or in any other place," External link

abc-au Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : "a swab demonstration class done for Zen doctors" External link

nzherald Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : "a swab demonstration class done for Zen doctors" External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "There are currently 293 active cases, 17 of these cases are from Nadi, and 276 are within the Lami-Nausori containment zone. We have recorded a total of 464 cases in Fiji since the first case in March of last year, with 394 during the current outbreak," External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : "a swab demonstration class done for Zen doctors" External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "This will be done with our security forces and in some instances will involve creating screening zones especially in densely populated communities that will involve restricting movement while the screening teams do their work," External link

rnzi Monday, May 31, 2021 12:26:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The 23 cases today are as follows: 15 are part of the Navy cluster (including one from Nadonumai in Lami, and three from Khalsa), seven are part of the Waila cluster, one is part of the Nadali cluster,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 31, 2021 10:10:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Today has not been an easy day, nor do I expect that the days ahead will get any better. Many of you have questions. I hope to answer some now and I am assured that a press conference will be organised soon to answer more questions," External link

nzherald Friday, May 28, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is important to note that the majority of these cases have been found as a result of our extensive contact tracing effort and are linked to known clusters. This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place," "We expect the number of cases to rise because we are testing aggressively in areas where we know the virus is spreading. We have a number of prominent locations under investigation including Government buildings and Kadavu House" External link

nzherald Friday, May 28, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "To date, 18.5 percent of the targeted population have received at least one dose and 3117 individuals have had 2 doses. An additional 50,000 doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week. Once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 persons will have got their first dose," External link

nzherald Friday, May 28, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Today has not been an easy day, nor do I expect that the days ahead will get any better. Many of you have questions. I hope to answer some now and I am assured that a press conference will be organised soon to answer more questions," External link

newshub Friday, May 28, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is important to note that the majority of these cases have been found as a result of our extensive contact tracing effort and are linked to known clusters. This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place," "We expect the number of cases to rise because we are testing aggressively in areas where we know the virus is spreading. We have a number of prominent locations under investigation including Government buildings and Kadavu House" External link

newshub Friday, May 28, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "To date, 18.5 percent of the targeted population have received at least one dose and 3117 individuals have had 2 doses. An additional 50,000 doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week. Once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 persons will have got their first dose," External link

newshub Friday, May 28, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Today has not been an easy day, nor do I expect that the days ahead will get any better. Many of you have questions. I hope to answer some now and I am assured that a press conference will be organized soon to answer more questions," External link

rnzi Friday, May 28, 2021 1:52:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is important to note that the majority of these cases have been found as a result of our extensive contact tracing effort and are linked to known clusters. This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place," "We expect the number of cases to rise because we are testing aggressively in areas where we know the virus is spreading. We have a number of prominent locations under investigation including Government buildings and Kadavu House" External link

rnzi Friday, May 28, 2021 1:52:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "To date, 18.5% of the targeted population have received at least one dose and 3117 individuals have had 2 doses. An additional 50,000 doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week. Once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 persons will have got their first dose," External link

rnzi Friday, May 28, 2021 1:52:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Investigations have revealed that the navy, Waila, and Vunivivi clusters are connected through a common exposure event - a funeral," External link

Stuff Friday, May 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "With the recovery of these two patients there will be zero active cases in the West, and it has also been 15 days since the last case was reported from that division," "It is clear that the concentration of this outbreak is now in the Suva-Nausori area. Most of the new cases in recent days were discovered through contact tracing investigations for known cases, which is an indicator that our contact tracing efforts are effective" External link

Stuff Friday, May 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Investigations have revealed that the navy, Waila, and Vunivivi clusters are connected through a common exposure event - a funeral," External link

rnzi Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "With the recovery of these 2 patients there will be 0 active cases in the West, and it has also been 15 days since the last case was reported from that division," "It is clear that the concentration of this outbreak is now in the Suva-Nausori area. Most of the new cases in recent days were discovered through contact tracing investigations for known cases, which is an indicator that our contact tracing efforts are effective" External link

rnzi Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Lautoka Hospital has completed 21 days of sequestration. It has also been 21 days since the last case was recorded from within Lautoka Hospital, with 4 rounds of testing completed for all patients and staff. Tomorrow the patients who were sequestered in the hospital will be discharged home, as will the staff," "Only emergency services will be operational at the hospital from tomorrow, and the plan is to open the hospital to the public by June 1st. FEMAT will also wrap up operations in Lautoka once the hospital is open next week" External link

rnzi Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:10:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Commission ) : "Ten of the new cases are from one household in Kinoya linked to the Extra Supermarket cluster. The eleventh case is a work contact of case 206 from the Samabula cluster, who works for the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC). Contact tracing investigations are ongoing and the public should expect to see our teams on the ground conducting these investigations throughout Suva," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 25, 2021 11:46:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Depending on what our investigations reveal about this case, the Ministry may recommend extensions of health protection measures," "We have now conducted 585,709 screenings and 27,026 swabs through our community mobile screening program, in addition to screenings at health facilities and fixed screening clinics and the contact-tracing screenings conducted for positive cases," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Particularly workplaces with large numbers of staff, like supermarkets, are at high risk for spread of the infection. We are urging all workplaces, including supermarkets and other commercial establishments to review your procedures and make sure you are complying with the protocols we have established to eliminate spread," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

rnzi Monday, May 24, 2021 1:31:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

nzherald Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

Stuff Sunday, May 23, 2021 8:54:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

rnzi Sunday, May 23, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We appreciate the identified contacts of existing cases who have adhered to home quarantine instructions. Your cooperation has made our task of containing the virus more manageable. We continue to ask those that are not under home quarantine to please stay home unless absolutely necessary," "We must commend the family for their decision to adhere to the home quarantine directive issued by the Ministry. A decision that undoubtedly worked to break chains of transmission and limit further spread of Covid-19 in the community" External link

rnzi Friday, May 21, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The recent case detected in an individual working for a security company, which is an essential business, highlights the need for all businesses to have extremely well-enforced protocols that mitigate the risk of infection for employees and the community at-large," External link

rnzi Friday, May 21, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He is a driver for a security company and was working up until Wednesday, May 19th. Therefore, the public should expect to see extensive contact tracing activities ongoing in the Suva-Nausori area," "There are 2625 primary contacts of previous cases who were being monitored in Suva. Out of the 2625, 1619 have been cleared, with 1006 still being followed up" External link

rnzi Friday, May 21, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We appreciate the identified contacts of existing cases who have adhered to home quarantine instructions. Your cooperation has made our task of containing the virus more manageable. We continue to ask those that are not under home quarantine to please stay home unless absolutely necessary," "We must commend the family for their decision to adhere to the home quarantine directive issued by the Ministry. A decision that undoubtedly worked to break chains of transmission and limit further spread of COVID-19 in the community" External link

newshub Friday, May 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The recent case detected in an individual working for a security company, which is an essential business, highlights the need for all businesses to have extremely well-enforced protocols that mitigate the risk of infection for employees and the community at-large," External link

newshub Friday, May 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He is a driver for a security company and was working up until Wednesday, May 19th. Therefore, the public should expect to see extensive contact tracing activities ongoing in the Suva-Nausori area," "There are 2625 primary contacts of previous cases who were being monitored in Suva. Out of the 2625, 1619 have been cleared, with 1006 still being followed up" External link

newshub Friday, May 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "For every hour of the past four days, my teams have combed through Suva and Nausori to trace and test primary and secondary contacts of existing cases of Covid-19," "We found many of the contacts quickly. Others have required more in-depth investigations to find. In total, we have placed 7,888 contacts in Suva and Nausori under quarantine" External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in - as would be an expected consequence of community transmission," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Both patients are asymptomatic, which means they are not displaying Covid-like symptoms. Contact tracing is ongoing for both cases," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We expect many more of these individuals to register positive test results," External link

9news Friday, May 14, 2021 6:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in – as would be an expected consequence of community transmission,” External link

Stuff Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give,” External link

Stuff Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in - as would be an expected consequence of community transmission," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in - as would be an expected consequence of community transmission," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We are dealing with a Covid variant the World Health Organisation has designated as potentially more contagious, and certainly less predictable,” External link

Stuff Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

rnzi Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

nzherald Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:10:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

newshub Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:33:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

Stuff Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The confirmation of cases of unknown origin, in particular, indicates the virus could still be present in all six areas, so the borders must be enforced, as must the other restrictions we have in place," "When the data tells us to proceed in a different direction -- we'll tell you" External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “One of the new cases is his wife, another is his daughter, and the third was a primary contact of his wife,” “All three have been in isolation since yesterday,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 10, 2021 12:42:00 PM EAT

James Foong told : "We know that the rest of the staff in the health centre have tested negative so far, and the nurse was wearing a mask while at work," External link

rnzi Monday, May 10, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The virus is very much present in the community," External link

nzherald Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have already lost one life in this outbreak, there is still time to save many more," External link

nzherald Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Each of these functional pillars, they will all help us, not only help Government but they will also help our partners to help us," External link

nzherald Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The virus is very much present in the community," External link

newshub Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have already lost one life in this outbreak, there is still time to save many more," External link

newshub Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The virus is very much present in the community," External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have already lost one life in this outbreak, there is still time to save many more," External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Each of these functional pillars, they will all help us, not only help government but they will also help our partners to help us," External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 12:09:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Team ) : "We have gone out during Cycle Ana. We started from Cyclone Harold and also cyclone Yasi. We used all that and we have actually solidified a lot of our protocols around it. We reorganized the whole of the health system to have greater outreach capacity," "This was in preparation for the possibility of this particular scenario. Knowing that there is an outbreak. We need to have the ability to reach out to people rather than have people come into our facilities. The FEMAT (Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team) group is part of a bigger organisation" External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 12:09:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "we suspect this patient was the source point of transmission to the two doctors at Lautoka Hospital who were previously announced as COVID-positive, but we still do not know how he contracted the virus" External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong added : “We are not up against an identical enemy this time around,” “The chains of transmission are more widespread, and the variant is more transmissible” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:25:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the front-line has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:01:00 PM EAT

James Foong added : “We are not up against an identical enemy this time around,” “The chains of transmission are more widespread, and the variant is more transmissible” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:56:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "we suspect this patient was the source point of transmission to the two doctors at Lautoka Hospital who were previously announced as COVID-positive, but we still do not know how he contracted the virus" External link

rnzi Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

watoday Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the front-line has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

seattlepi Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:58:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

eagletribune Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

ABCnews Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

smh Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Those who are working will operate on high alert, fully equipped in the proper personal protective equipment. They will be screened regularly and tested often. We are going to provide them with any and all support that they need. Food, supplies, bedding, whatever they require, we will provide,” External link

msn-uk Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

theherald-au Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

seattlepi Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Those who are working will operate on high alert, fully equipped in the proper personal protective equipment. They will be screened regularly and tested often. We are going to provide them with any and all support that they need. Food, supplies, bedding, whatever they require, we will provide,” External link

guardian Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:49:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

therepublic Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

tribtown Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:26:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

dailyjournal Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:12:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Early today [Wednesday], the patient's condition began deteriorating. He was moved into an intensive care unit and swabbed for the virus. Barely four hours ago he tested positive for Covid-19. His condition will be discussed more with his family before any public announcement," "The timeline and the recent deterioration in his condition indicate he is likely a late-stage carrier of the virus. So, we suspect that this patient, who is case number 125, transmitted the virus to the doctors, not the other way around" External link

Stuff Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Lautoka Hospita will be closed to the public, all medical services will be re-routed to a network of back-up hospitals in Nadi, Ba, and Sigatoka, as well as the Punjas and Kamikami health centres in Lautoka. We've activated the entire government machinery to ensure these critical services remain accessible to our people," External link

Stuff Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Early today [Wednesday], the patient's condition began deteriorating. He was moved into an intensive care unit and swabbed for the virus. Barely four hours ago he tested positive for Covid-19. His condition will be discussed more with his family before any public announcement," "The timeline and the recent deterioration in his condition indicate he is likely a late-stage carrier of the virus. So, we suspect that this patient, who is case number 125, transmitted the virus to the doctors, not the other way around" External link

rnzi Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Lautoka Hospita will be closed to the public, all medical services will be re-routed to a network of back-up hospitals in Nadi, Ba, and Sigatoka, as well as the Punjas and Kamikami health centres in Lautoka. We've activated the entire government machinery to ensure these critical services remain accessible to our people," External link

rnzi Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “While we do not have any positive results yet from the contacts at the two garment factories, that could change at any point throughout the 14-day incubation window for the virus,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Lion Heart ) : “This team – Lion Heart – shared a hostel and played with our case number 98, so it is vital we locate all of their players and any other persons who closely interacted or travelled with the team,” “If you play for this team, or know someone who plays for this team, please call 158 right now” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “However, as is the case with all of our rural and maritime communities, we encourage families on Moturiki to stay where they are, stay at home, and limit their movement as much as possible,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “With everyone safely at home, my contact tracing teams have worked tirelessly through the torrential rains this weekend to identify the contacts of case 113 -- the garment factory employee. Of her 877 contacts, 95% have been contacted, screened, and swabbed, including all of her closest contacts who shared her bus and worked in close proximity to her at the factory. They will all remain under home quarantine for at least 14 days from their last contact with the case. 611 have tested negative for COVID-19 so far with more samples being tested,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We’re also awaiting the results from Melbourne to confirm a genetic link to other local cases in Fiji. Hopefully that guides our investigation to a link with another chain of transmission. But no matter what the sample tells us, our overarching solution will be the same: We need widespread adoption of our COVID-safe health habits. Not only for a weekend, a week, or even a month -- these measures must be kept by everyone, everywhere for the foreseeable future,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The lifting of that lockdown measure will mean that, within these containment areas, movement for essential purposes only may resume,” “Our system of cross-border deliveries of food and essential items into the containment areas will also resume,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Both doctors have been entered into isolation and their close household contacts have been quarantined,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The lifting of that lockdown measure will mean that, within these containment areas, movement – for essential purposes only – may resume,” “Our system of cross-border deliveries of food and essential items into the containment areas will also resume,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy," "Our contact tracing stemming from case number 113 -- the garment factory worker - is in full-swing. There are two factories we are focussed on" External link

tvnz Monday, May 3, 2021 10:38:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Screening is different from testing, and it is far from as effective as a proper 14 days in quarantine. That is why we will be screening high-risk areas multiple times, as someone screened once may well become a viral carrier days later,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “All six cases were detected among Fijians who are currently in quarantine,” “Four of the six new cases came from soldiers recently returning from overseas duties, some of who had been fraternising amongst each other during their 14-day quarantine in the border quarantine facility, against the rules we’ve set in place,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “He has been moved securely to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital, as per standard operating procedure.,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don’t move, the virus won’t move,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Only persons traveling for medical purposes will be allowed through checkpoints. All non-essential businesses must remain closed,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "But no confirmed cases - at this stage - is no reason for celebration," External link

rnzi Monday, May 3, 2021 5:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Without the proper resources and support, they can make the already vulnerable more vulnerable than ever," External link

rnzi Monday, May 3, 2021 5:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "It doesn't mean there are no cases out there; it means none have been detected over the past 24 hours. We are certain there are more cases that will develop or -- worryingly -- that an unconfirmed case of the virus has already developed into a highly-contagious disease. Our biggest fear right now is that someone, with symptoms, has not reported to a screening clinic or called 158. This virus arrives in waves. A lull can often signal a surge. So let's not let one day of no new cases fool anyone into thinking this storm is over," External link

sinacom-en Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It doesn't mean there are no cases out there; it means none have been detected over the past 24 hours. We are certain there are more cases that will develop or -- worryingly -- that an unconfirmed case of the virus has already developed into a highly-contagious disease. Our biggest fear right now is that someone, with symptoms, has not reported to a screening clinic or called 158. This virus arrives in waves. A lull can often signal a surge. So let's not let one day of no new cases fool anyone into thinking this storm is over," External link

xinhuanet_en Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:43:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, May 2, 2021 11:57:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That means they do not pose a risk to the public and bear no implication on our existing programme of contact tracing," External link

Stuff Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "A number of communities have taken the step of adopting lockdown measures of their own," External link

Stuff Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That means they do not pose a risk to the public and bear no implication on our existing programme of contact tracing," External link

nzherald Sunday, May 2, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "A number of communities have taken the step of adopting lockdown measures of their own," External link

nzherald Sunday, May 2, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That means they do not pose a risk to the public and bear no implication on our existing programme of contact tracing," External link

rnzi Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "A number of communities have taken the step of adopting lockdown measures of their own," External link

rnzi Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy," "Our contact tracing stemming from case number 113 - the garment factory worker - is in full-swing. There are two factories we are focussed on" External link

Stuff Saturday, May 1, 2021 12:09:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy," "Our contact tracing stemming from case number 113 -- the garment factory worker - is in full-swing. There are two factories we are focussed on" External link

rnzi Friday, April 30, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The man's case will require additional investigation into his contacts to determine if he was definitively linked to other active cases," External link

rnzi Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong noted : "These two weeks will define the next two months for Fiji, and we all need to behave like we have COVID-19, even if there are no known cases in our community or we are showing no symptoms of the virus. By doing so and thereby wearing masks, staying at home, and turning on your careFIJI app, you're saving lives," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:01:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We cannot let that nightmare happen in Fiji," External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our containment areas are necessary and unavoidable because they're the only way to stop the virus from spreading," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He does not pose a risk of transmission to the public as he had been contained within the quarantine facility since April 18," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

digitaljournal Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

digitaljournal Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He had close contact with [another soldier who has tested positive] and likely got infected shortly after swabbing," External link

abc-au Monday, April 26, 2021 12:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

medicalxpress Monday, April 26, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

medicalxpress Monday, April 26, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community,” External link

alarabiya-en Monday, April 26, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission,” “Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures” External link

alarabiya-en Monday, April 26, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

abc-au Monday, April 26, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

abc-au Monday, April 26, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 26, 2021 7:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 26, 2021 7:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

msn-uk Monday, April 26, 2021 7:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

msn-uk Monday, April 26, 2021 7:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 26, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission,” “Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 26, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

ctvnews Monday, April 26, 2021 6:42:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

ctvnews Monday, April 26, 2021 6:42:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

digitaljournal Monday, April 26, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

digitaljournal Monday, April 26, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

James Foong warned : “The point is, food and essential goods will remain on the shelves of our shops, markets, and supermarkets. Do not run to the supermarkets and bulk buy goods this afternoon – doing so will crowd these stores and put every shopper at risk,” External link

Stuff Monday, April 26, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

france24-en Monday, April 26, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

france24-en Monday, April 26, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

ibtimes Monday, April 26, 2021 6:22:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

ibtimes Monday, April 26, 2021 6:22:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

afp-en Monday, April 26, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

afp-en Monday, April 26, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," "We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don't move, the virus won't move" External link

newstalkzb Monday, April 26, 2021 3:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," "We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don't move, the virus won't move" External link

newshub Monday, April 26, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," External link

nzherald Monday, April 26, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," "We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don't move, the virus won't move" External link

rnzi Monday, April 26, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

James Foong warned : “The point is, food and essential goods will remain on the shelves of our shops, markets, and supermarkets. Do not run to the supermarkets and bulk buy goods this afternoon – doing so will crowd these stores and put every shopper at risk,” External link

Stuff Monday, April 26, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "This daughter did travel with her mum to the funeral at Tavakubu on April 16th and 17th, however she had no symptoms and tested negative when entered into quarantine on Sunday April 18th. She tested positive at day four of quarantine," "This indicates that she was entered into quarantine before she became infectious, we know that this virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days," External link

newshub Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "If someone has no symptoms and tests negative in the community, it is very unlikely that they were infectious, even if they later test positive during the 14-day quarantine period," External link

newshub Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "This daughter did travel with her mum to the funeral at Tavakubu on April 16th and 17th, however she had no symptoms and tested negative when entered into quarantine on Sunday April 18th. She tested positive at day four of quarantine," "This indicates that she was entered into quarantine before she became infectious, we know that this virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days," External link

rnzi Sunday, April 25, 2021 8:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "So a person may take up to 14 days to have enough virus in their bodies to develop symptoms, or trigger a positive test result. Importantly, the level of virus that becomes detectable on a test also relates to how infectious that person is at the time. If someone has no symptoms and tests negative in the community, it is very unlikely that they were infectious, even if they later test positive during the 14-day quarantine period," "Three of these latest local cases were not infectious while they were in the community, we know this because they had no symptoms at the time, and were negative on their first test when they entered quarantine. It was only on their second test in quarantine that they tested positive," External link

rnzi Sunday, April 25, 2021 8:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "When my teams are in your community, please be honest with them about how you are feeling and where you have been," External link

rnzi Saturday, April 24, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

James Foong told : "Vaccines absolutely do protect you from getting the virus, particularly after both doses of the vaccine are administered," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Together, these two patients represent the highest-risk cases Fiji has ever contended with. " External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have yet to confirm it via tests, but we are certain there are more cases out there," External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "I cannot stress enough how important it is that you enforce physical distancing within your businesses and require that customers have the careFIJI app turned on while they are on your premises," "CareFIJI is one of the most efficient contact tracing tools we have. If you have careFIJI, and you come into contact with someone who has the virus, we can alert you quickly to keep you and your family safe. The more Fijians have this app downloaded, the more quickly we can flush out the virus and return life to normal" External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "CareFIJI is one of the most efficient contact tracing tools we have. If you have careFIJI, and you come into contact with someone who has the virus, we can alert you quickly to keep you and your family safe. The more Fijians have this app downloaded, the more quickly we can flush out the virus and return life to normal," External link

rnzi Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:31:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Due to her extensive exposure with the public, this hotel staff, and now her daughter, has been the central focus of our contact tracing," External link

rnzi Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:39:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We suspect he contracted the virus from two Fijian citizens, who returned to India on the 10th of April. They both tested positive for the virus. And were transported to the isolation ward of the hospital on Friday the 16th," External link

Stuff Monday, April 19, 2021 7:28:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We suspect he contracted the virus from two Fijian citizens, who returned to India on the 10th of April. They both tested positive for the virus. And we're transported to the isolation ward of the hospital on Friday the 16th," External link

rnzi Monday, April 19, 2021 6:10:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “His last port of call was Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and he returned a weak positive test result upon routine testing while undergoing the standard 14-day quarantine on board the vessel in the quarantine mooring, in accordance with the Blue Lanes initiative,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:40:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “They occur because the body has produced new cells that act as soldiers to combat the infection it is intended to protect us from,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have quite a large quarantine port which makes it a lot easier. They will stay on the vessel for their 14-day quarantine period," "It is a weak infection and from some time ago, so we are not too concerned about it" External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The public will need to understand that while we are clarifying, we are protecting," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "because officials are awaiting information on whether they had tested positive for the virus in another country" External link

Stuff Monday, December 7, 2020 4:35:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "because officials are awaiting information on whether they had tested positive for the virus in another country" External link

nzherald Monday, December 7, 2020 4:04:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "because officials are awaiting information on whether they had tested positive for the virus in another country" External link

rnzi Monday, December 7, 2020 1:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Fiji has continued to record high rates of immunisation coverage of more than 90% for most Vaccine-preventable diseases for our population. We acknowledge WHO and UNICEF for the technical support, the timely provision of vaccines for our target population and strengthening Fiji’s Cold Chain system which is the heart of EPI” External link

pina Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:13:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Fiji has continued to record high rates of immunisation coverage of more than 90% for most Vaccine-preventable diseases for our population. We acknowledge WHO and UNICEF for the technical support, the timely provision of vaccines for our target population and strengthening Fiji’s Cold Chain system which is the heart of EPI” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "this puts pressure on our admission rate. It also increases our requirements for appropriate tests, treatment, medicines and most importantly our rehabilitation process" External link

rnzi Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Moving forward, any requests from nightclubs to seek new business designations will be approved on a case-by-case basis, with compulsory input from the Ministry of Health,” External link

fijitimes Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The pair were travelling with 107 other passengers," "The man was transported to the hospital for isolation" External link

rnzi Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:37:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That is a very significant figure for us and we are quite concerned with it at this stage," External link

pidp Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The refreshed T3 and Jewel are part of efforts to make shopping and dining at the airport more exciting, and to give families a reason to come to the airport" External link

AsiaOne Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We know that many fond memories are forged at Changi - families gathering for a meal before sending off loved ones on a flight, spotting planes and enjoying the play facilities - and we want to continue to make the airport a go-to destination for the whole family" External link

AsiaOne Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Tom Brady ) : “When you are at the top, people are going to knock at you, they are going to pick at it. What’s amazing about the Patriots is the consistency which Belichick and Brady bring to the game. I think they’ve done a tremendous job of elevating the sport, of keeping it very clean and professional. I can’t think of anybody who can do that better than the Patriots,” External link

sinacom-en Monday, February 4, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong remarked : “If I was him, I would definitely think about retiring,” External link

sinacom-en Monday, February 4, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about Tom Brady ) : "When you are at the top, people are going to knock at you, they are going to pick at it. What's amazing about the Patriots is the consistency which Belichick and Brady bring to the game. I think they’ve done a tremendous job of elevating the sport, of keeping it very clean and professional. I can't think of anybody who can do that better than the Patriots," External link

chinabroadcast Monday, February 4, 2019 6:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong remarked : "If I was him, I would definitely think about retiring," External link

chinabroadcast Monday, February 4, 2019 6:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have a lot of structures that they asked us to set up and it has already been set up,” “This is a world recognised problem that arises when you put a lot of sick people together in one place. They will create an environment that will allow this kind of bacteria to grow. We have a list of drugs that we do not use and we only use it when we have this type of situation. So we have a set of actions or protocols that we initiate as soon as we get one indication that we got an outbreak” External link

pina Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have a lot of structures that they asked us to set up and it has already been set up," "This is a world recognised problem that arises when you put a lot of sick people together in one place. They will create an environment that will allow this kind of bacteria to grow. We have a list of drugs that we do not use and we only use it when we have this type of situation. So we have a set of actions or protocols that we initiate as soon as we get one indication that we got an outbreak" External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:18:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have a lot of structures that they asked us to set up and it has already been set up," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:18:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is the group that overlooks the plans and the various phases of this plan where we isolate the bug, remove the bug, make sure we protect everybody and slowly get back to normal phase," External link

fijitimes Monday, March 6, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have moved most of our patients back to the normal place, but we have not completed it. It is supposed to be done in phases. I still have to get an update from the group as to how far they are going to be and we are having a meeting tomorrow to decide when we can have our operations back to normal," "We are taking in new admissions back to the old place; before we could not do that" External link

fijitimes Monday, March 6, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "I can tell you that we have sick people who were already sick before they came to us whether or not the deaths is related to the outbreak is not something we can work out," "All we know is they were already sick when they came to us" External link

fijitimes Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We haven't had any new infections and we have now started to take in admissions from the labour ward into the NICU," External link

fijitimes Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about China Media ) : "Jaunt China aims to become the first company to bring comprehensive VR shooting, production, distribution, and experience platform into one body" External link

ChinaPost Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:15:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about China Media ) : "Jaunt China aims to become the first company to bring comprehensive VR shooting, production, distribution, and experience platform into one body" External link

china Thursday, January 5, 2017 5:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about China Media ) : "Jaunt China aims to become the first company to bring comprehensive VR shooting, production, distribution, and experience platform into one body" External link

chinadaily Thursday, January 5, 2017 4:09:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : "Episodic narratives did change the game for TV…. I suspect VR will take a similar form but we may not be there yet as the art of VR storytelling is still being defined, the technologies are still being developed and the platforms are still in infancy," External link

cnbc Friday, December 30, 2016 7:00:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We currently have one cardiology specialist and two are in training," "Our medical unit also has long experience in cardiology practice and the specialists currently being developed are to build local capacity to do higher end cardiac specialist activity in Fiji" External link

fijitimes Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "I think to a large extent, one of the largest disabling factors is our work establishments and posts available," External link

fijitimes Sunday, March 1, 2015 11:02:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Inhalers and nebuliser are part of ongoing procurement in our essential drugs and equipment list. Both are currently in stock," "The problem we have is public awareness and patient education — getting a patient diagnosed early and educating them on how they manage their asthma and when they need to seek emergency services is vital in addition to the Ministry of Health, ensuring timely access to medications" External link

fijitimes Monday, February 23, 2015 11:30:00 PM EAT



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James Foong said : "We have recorded 655 Covid-19 positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted Covid. These are not classified as Covid-19 deaths," External link

rnzi Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "If you have any of these symptoms, please stay home to avoid spreading the disease to others, and in particular those who may be more at risk of severe disease," External link

rnzi Thursday, January 13, 2022 9:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our task now is to find an approach that is able to control the disease incidents and the hospitalization and that approach has to be pragmatic, ethical, and sustainable for people's livelihood," External link

newshub Monday, January 10, 2022 10:20:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : "Of the 1,280 cases recorded since the last update, 619 cases were recorded in the Central Division; 535 in the Western Division, 114 in the Northern Division and 12 cases in the Eastern Division," External link

rnzi Monday, January 10, 2022 3:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The national 7-day rolling average of cases as of 25 December is 10 daily cases," External link

rnzi Thursday, December 30, 2021 10:33:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “In actual fact those would be good sense actions to take given the cases seen in the North community,” “We urgently need this good sense in the common sense space” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 29, 2021 5:30:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "All their positive samples will be sent to our partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, December 28, 2021 6:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We anticipate an increasing number of cases from border quarantine facilities," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, December 28, 2021 6:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "All their positive samples will be sent to our partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 28, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We anticipate an increasing number of cases from border quarantine facilities," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 28, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "All their positive samples will be sent to our partner laboratory in Australia for genomic sequencing," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We anticipate an increasing number of cases from border quarantine facilities," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 28, 2021 3:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “However, as with the rest of Fiji, we are urging everyone in the Northern Division to continue to adhere to COVID-19 safe measures. We know that those who remain unvaccinated and some people whose immune systems have not been able to develop a good response to the vaccines will still be at higher risk of severe disease,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 11:36:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We need to be clear that the objectives of our border measures as they relate to socio-economic recovery. The objective is to reduce the risk of entry of COVID 19 through our borders while allowing for quarantine-free travel from travel partner countries,” “This includes reducing the risk of entry of variants of concern or at least delaying entry. Mitigation of this risk has also been through the designation of travel partner countries and non-travel partner countries” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : “Of the 48 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, 36 cases were recorded in the Northern Division; 11 cases were recorded in the Western Division with five cases from border quarantine, and one case recorded in the Central Division,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:57:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Surely, we have learned by now that we underestimate this virus at our peril,” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “And many of us have let our guards slip,” “We are all human. But this must stop as vaccination and COVID safe measures are the only way to safely navigate our way through the pandemic while facilitating socioeconomic recovery and well-being” External link

fijitimes Wednesday, December 22, 2021 12:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our team has escalated our surveillance and contact tracing tests," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 21, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Our team has escalated our surveillance and contact tracing tests,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, December 21, 2021 8:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "If a variant is transmissible enough, stringent border and community measures will only delay the inevitable entry and spread of current and future variants of the Covid-19 virus, especially as the Omicron variant is also spreading into some of our travel partner countries," External link

rnzi Sunday, December 19, 2021 8:36:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "They had entered a border quarantine facility upon arrival to undergo the full quarantine protocol of 10 days," External link

newshub Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The Fiji Airways crew and accompanying passengers from FJ1392 have tested negative at least twice," External link

newshub Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The two travellers are Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th – the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally,” “Both travellers tested negative for COVID-19 before departure from Fiji and before they left Nigeria,” External link

pina Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There has been a total of 697 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 695 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year,” “Please note that due to the time required by clinical teams to investigate, classify and report deaths, a four-day interval is given to calculate the seven days rolling average of deaths, based on the date of death, to help ensure the data collected is complete before the average is reported,” External link

pina Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The two travellers are Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th - the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The Fiji Airways crew and accompanying passengers from FJ1392 have tested negative at least twice," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "They had entered a border quarantine facility upon arrival to undergo the full quarantine protocol of 10 days," External link

nzherald Tuesday, December 7, 2021 9:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The two travellers are Fijian citizens who had travelled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th - the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally," External link

rnzi Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The Fiji Airways crew and accompanying passengers from FJ1392 have tested negative at least twice," External link

rnzi Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "They had entered a border quarantine facility upon arrival to undergo the full quarantine protocol of 10 days," External link

rnzi Monday, December 6, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “There have been a total of 697 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 695 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year,” “Please note that due to the time required by clinical teams to investigate, classify and report deaths, a four-day interval is given to calculate the seven days rolling average of deaths, based on the date of death, to help ensure the data collected is complete before the average is reported,” External link

fijitimes Monday, December 6, 2021 1:33:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The two travelers are Fijian citizens who had traveled back into Fiji from Nigeria, arriving on Fiji Airways flight FJ1392 from Hong Kong on November 25th – the day the discovery of the Omicron variant was announced internationally,” “Both travelers tested negative for COVID-19 before departure from Fiji and before they left Nigeria,” External link

fijitimes Monday, December 6, 2021 12:34:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We are doing contact tracing like we always did for positives found on any flight,” External link

fijitimes Monday, December 6, 2021 11:26:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is continuing to improve public health and medical capacities to manage an increase in cases," External link

rnzi Thursday, December 2, 2021 2:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "However, more study is needed to determine if transmissibility is truly increased if the variant is less responsive to natural and vaccine-induced immunity and if the disease caused by the variant is more severe," External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The preference of the Health Ministry is that travellers from red list countries go to a listed TPC for ten days prior to travelling to Fiji. However, given some international border restrictions, particularly in southern Africa, we understand some Fijian citizens and residents may need to book travel directly to Fiji," External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There is some reported field evidence of increased transmissibility in South Africa, however, epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if it is because of Omicron or other factors,” External link

pina Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:29:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "However, more study is needed to determine if transmissibility is truly increased if the variant is less responsive to natural and vaccine-induced immunity and if the disease caused by the variant is more severe," External link

rnzi Monday, November 29, 2021 8:14:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The preference of the Health Ministry is that travellers from red list countries go to a listed TPC for ten days prior to travelling to Fiji. However, given some international border restrictions, particularly in southern Africa, we understand some Fijian citizens and residents may need to book travel directly to Fiji," External link

rnzi Monday, November 29, 2021 8:14:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "That was the reason why we have them (tests) at the hotel is that if I centralise all the testing at hotels, I have a better capability to ensure that all those who come in and need to be tested, are being tested," External link

radioaustralianews-fr Monday, November 29, 2021 11:22:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We commend South Africa on identifying and publishing the first information on this new variant,” External link

fijitimes Monday, November 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “How people make use of it and any other agenda that is not related to COVID-19 and the mask, those are outside of my jurisdiction, I can’t say much about it,” External link

fijitimes Monday, November 29, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have recorded 588 Covid-positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted Covid-19; these are not classified as Covid deaths," External link

rnzi Wednesday, November 17, 2021 11:23:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have also recorded 578 Covid positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted Covid-19; these are not classified as Covid deaths," External link

rnzi Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:11:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The news about Molnupiravir is undoubtedly exciting," "Based on a small randomised trial of 775 patients, the drug showed up to 50 percent capability in reducing severe disease and death when given at the onset of infection" External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 9, 2021 11:41:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : "If I go down and walk along the road, I don't need a mask. But as soon as I come across a group of people standing close to each other, I just put my mask on and walk past them and then I take it off again," "That needs to be the habit that we all get. You walk with your mask, you judge the situation when you put on the mask and you judge the situation when you take off the mask" External link

rnzi Thursday, November 4, 2021 11:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "There is a downward trend across all indicators of the Covid-19 epidemic in Fiji, indicating a positive response to our overall Covid containment and mitigation response," External link

rnzi Tuesday, November 2, 2021 4:10:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “An analysis of the 10 deaths highlighted that individuals were aged between 45 to 92 years; 56 per cent (6) were males; all 10 individuals died at home or on their way to the hospital; and 67 per cent (6) of these deaths were unvaccinated, the remaining 33 per cent (n=4) received only one dose of the vaccine,” “This means that there were no deaths of individuals who were fully vaccinated. Nine of these deaths were reported from August today due to a delay in the issuance of the death certificates” External link

fijitimes Friday, October 22, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “From tomorrow, Tuesday (October 19), all travel from Vanua Levu to the Central Division will not need a registration number nor a MOHMS pass,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 19, 2021 9:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The weekly incidence rate graph by division indicates a continually declining trend despite the lifting of the Lami to Nausori containment zones on the 17th of September 2021,” External link

pina Thursday, October 14, 2021 1:57:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We will continue to monitor the trend to better interpret the status of community transmission with other indicators in Fiji," External link

sinacom-en Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:34:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : “Overall, there have been 51, 465 cases recorded, with 71 percent of the cases from the Central division, 27 percent of the cases from the Western Division, and two percent of the cases from the Eastern and Northern division. Our national seven- day rolling average is 54 daily cases calculated for 7th October 2021,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 534 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 25,457 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 12, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There have been 51,429 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 51,499 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 47,677 recoveries,” External link

pina Monday, October 11, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 25,457 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 09/10/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Monday, October 11, 2021 8:58:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “There have been 51,258 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 51,328 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 47,291 recoveries,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 526 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Six patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three are in critical condition,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 22,130 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 05/10/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 513 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Six patients are considered to be in severe condition, and six are in critical condition,” External link

pina Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 21,062 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 04/10/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:18:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The two deaths from August are being reported today due to a delay in the issuance of the official death certificate,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, October 5, 2021 3:06:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 503 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Eight patients are considered to be in severe condition, and seven are in critical condition,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have also recorded 493 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Three patients are considered to be in severe condition, and five are in critical condition,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-olds age group denominator,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children on the Vaccination Registration System (VRS) before the vaccination. Parental or guardian consent is mandatory before vaccination, and no vaccine will be administered to any child without the consent of the parent or guardian,” External link

pina Monday, October 4, 2021 2:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Of the total of 87 cases, 57 have recovered, and 30 remain active," External link

rnzi Friday, October 1, 2021 12:28:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 478 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Friday, October 1, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Four patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three are in critical condition,” External link

pina Friday, October 1, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-old denominator,” External link

pina Friday, October 1, 2021 2:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have one-third of the population under 18 years who will soon be eligible for vaccination,” “We will have older people with comorbidities whose ability to build up vaccine immunity is not as good as younger and healthier persons,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 4:31:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : “We have also recorded 471 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Four patients are considered to be in severe condition, and five are in critical condition,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021,” External link

pina Thursday, September 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The current priority is therefore to prevent the export of cases into non-containment zones. As such, any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the Maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated," "Pre-departure swab tests and quarantine capability are being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond the main island, Viti Levu" External link

nzherald Monday, June 21, 2021 7:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The current priority is therefore to prevent the export of cases into non-containment zones. As such, any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the Maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated," "Pre-departure swab tests and quarantine capability are being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond the main island, Viti Levu" External link

rnzi Monday, June 21, 2021 5:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The current priority is therefore to prevent the export of cases into the other non-containment zones. As such any request to move outside of the Central Division to other areas of Viti Levu and from Viti Levu to Vanua Levu and the Maritime zone needs to be strictly regulated," "Pre-departure swab tests and Quarantine capability are being expanded and strengthened to reduce the risk of spread within and beyond the main island, Viti Levu" External link

rnzi Sunday, June 20, 2021 2:13:00 PM EAT

James Foong told : "We've investigated a few issues that we thought could be linked to such an adverse event, but we've proven them not to have been linked to the vaccine itself," External link

abc-au Friday, June 18, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We have recorded a total of 1533 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020,” “There have been 452 recoveries and six deaths. A total of seven positive patients have died from pre-existing non-Covid related illnesses” External link

Stuff Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:06:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have recorded a total of 1533 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020," "There have been 452 recoveries and 6 deaths. A total of 7 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID related illnesses" External link

newshub Thursday, June 17, 2021 9:22:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have recorded a total of 1,533 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020," "There have been 452 recoveries and 6 deaths. A total of 7 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-Covid related illnesses" External link

rnzi Thursday, June 17, 2021 3:56:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We say our health teams serve on the 'frontline' for a reason. Even when we follow the rules and employ proper PPE, there is always a risk of exposure in the line of duty," "I want to thank my teams who are continuing to guard the wellbeing of our people. Their service and sacrifice have never mattered more" External link

nzherald Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:55:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We say our health teams serve on the 'frontline' for a reason. Even when we follow the rules and employ proper PPE, there is always a risk of exposure in the line of duty," "I want to thank my teams who are continuing to guard the wellbeing of our people. Their service and sacrifice have never mattered more" External link

Stuff Sunday, June 13, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The ministry expresses our condolences to his family,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 11, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The vaccine administration in Nadi had been temporarily halted due to a case among the administration teams,” “Relevant personnel have since been cleared and vaccine administration in Nadi has resumed” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, June 11, 2021 2:44:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The ministry expresses our condolences to his family," External link

rnzi Friday, June 11, 2021 1:46:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The vaccine administration in Nadi had been temporarily halted due to a case among the administration teams," "Relevant personnel have since been cleared and vaccine administration in Nadi has resumed" External link

rnzi Thursday, June 10, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 8, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about Central Division ) : "It is clear that the recent escalation in daily case numbers from the Central Division signals the increasing severity of this outbreak," External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:27:00 AM EAT

James Foong déclaré : "Le chiffre élevé de cas confirmés reflète une proportion bien plus grande de cas dans la population" "Nous nous attendons à ce que le bilan quotidien demeure élevé pendant plusieurs jours encore. Nous nous attendons malheureusement à davantage d'hospitalisations car davantage de cas graves de la maladie vont se développer" External link

bfmtv Monday, June 7, 2021 12:53:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, June 7, 2021 12:35:00 PM EAT

James Foong déclaré : "Le chiffre élevé de cas confirmés reflète une proportion bien plus grande de cas dans la population" "Nous nous attendons à ce que le bilan quotidien demeure élevé pendant plusieurs jours encore. Nous nous attendons malheureusement à davantage d'hospitalisations car davantage de cas graves de la maladie vont se développer" External link

afp-fr Monday, June 7, 2021 11:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop," External link

ibtimes Monday, June 7, 2021 11:42:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community," "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop" External link

nzherald Monday, June 7, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," "A way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible" External link

nzherald Monday, June 7, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community," "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop" External link

newshub Monday, June 7, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," "A way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible" External link

newshub Monday, June 7, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The high number of cases confirmed today signals a much larger proportion of cases in the community," "We expect more days of high numbers of confirmed cases. We sadly expect more hospitalisations as more severe cases of the disease develop" External link

rnzi Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:39:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Thanks to the massive step-up in the pace of our testing, we can continue to fight this virus in a targeted way," "A way that allows Fijians to access essential services and allows the economy to function as normally and safely as possible" External link

rnzi Sunday, June 6, 2021 2:39:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have been seeing in recent weeks that a number of infected individuals have reported grog [kava] drinking with others in their cluster," "Grog drinking involves close contact with others drinking out of a common cup, which creates perfect conditions for the virus to spread from one person to another" External link

abc-au Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Don't share a [kava] bowl with colleagues after work or during work or in any other place," External link

abc-au Wednesday, June 2, 2021 10:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : "a swab demonstration class done for Zen doctors" External link

nzherald Tuesday, June 1, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong explained : "a swab demonstration class done for Zen doctors" External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "There are currently 293 active cases, 17 of these cases are from Nadi, and 276 are within the Lami-Nausori containment zone. We have recorded a total of 464 cases in Fiji since the first case in March of last year, with 394 during the current outbreak," External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 1, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : "a swab demonstration class done for Zen doctors" External link

rnzi Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "This will be done with our security forces and in some instances will involve creating screening zones especially in densely populated communities that will involve restricting movement while the screening teams do their work," External link

rnzi Monday, May 31, 2021 12:26:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The 23 cases today are as follows: 15 are part of the Navy cluster (including one from Nadonumai in Lami, and three from Khalsa), seven are part of the Waila cluster, one is part of the Nadali cluster,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 31, 2021 10:10:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:49:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Today has not been an easy day, nor do I expect that the days ahead will get any better. Many of you have questions. I hope to answer some now and I am assured that a press conference will be organised soon to answer more questions," External link

nzherald Friday, May 28, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is important to note that the majority of these cases have been found as a result of our extensive contact tracing effort and are linked to known clusters. This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place," "We expect the number of cases to rise because we are testing aggressively in areas where we know the virus is spreading. We have a number of prominent locations under investigation including Government buildings and Kadavu House" External link

nzherald Friday, May 28, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "To date, 18.5 percent of the targeted population have received at least one dose and 3117 individuals have had 2 doses. An additional 50,000 doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week. Once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 persons will have got their first dose," External link

nzherald Friday, May 28, 2021 11:55:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Today has not been an easy day, nor do I expect that the days ahead will get any better. Many of you have questions. I hope to answer some now and I am assured that a press conference will be organised soon to answer more questions," External link

newshub Friday, May 28, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is important to note that the majority of these cases have been found as a result of our extensive contact tracing effort and are linked to known clusters. This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place," "We expect the number of cases to rise because we are testing aggressively in areas where we know the virus is spreading. We have a number of prominent locations under investigation including Government buildings and Kadavu House" External link

newshub Friday, May 28, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "To date, 18.5 percent of the targeted population have received at least one dose and 3117 individuals have had 2 doses. An additional 50,000 doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week. Once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 persons will have got their first dose," External link

newshub Friday, May 28, 2021 10:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Today has not been an easy day, nor do I expect that the days ahead will get any better. Many of you have questions. I hope to answer some now and I am assured that a press conference will be organized soon to answer more questions," External link

rnzi Friday, May 28, 2021 1:52:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is important to note that the majority of these cases have been found as a result of our extensive contact tracing effort and are linked to known clusters. This increase was not unexpected, but it should serve to show how easily this virus is transmitted and why restrictions are in place," "We expect the number of cases to rise because we are testing aggressively in areas where we know the virus is spreading. We have a number of prominent locations under investigation including Government buildings and Kadavu House" External link

rnzi Friday, May 28, 2021 1:52:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "To date, 18.5% of the targeted population have received at least one dose and 3117 individuals have had 2 doses. An additional 50,000 doses are due to arrive in the country by the end of the week. Once these doses are deployed, at least 260,000 persons will have got their first dose," External link

rnzi Friday, May 28, 2021 1:52:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Investigations have revealed that the navy, Waila, and Vunivivi clusters are connected through a common exposure event - a funeral," External link

Stuff Friday, May 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "With the recovery of these two patients there will be zero active cases in the West, and it has also been 15 days since the last case was reported from that division," "It is clear that the concentration of this outbreak is now in the Suva-Nausori area. Most of the new cases in recent days were discovered through contact tracing investigations for known cases, which is an indicator that our contact tracing efforts are effective" External link

Stuff Friday, May 28, 2021 7:27:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Investigations have revealed that the navy, Waila, and Vunivivi clusters are connected through a common exposure event - a funeral," External link

rnzi Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "With the recovery of these 2 patients there will be 0 active cases in the West, and it has also been 15 days since the last case was reported from that division," "It is clear that the concentration of this outbreak is now in the Suva-Nausori area. Most of the new cases in recent days were discovered through contact tracing investigations for known cases, which is an indicator that our contact tracing efforts are effective" External link

rnzi Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:13:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Lautoka Hospital has completed 21 days of sequestration. It has also been 21 days since the last case was recorded from within Lautoka Hospital, with 4 rounds of testing completed for all patients and staff. Tomorrow the patients who were sequestered in the hospital will be discharged home, as will the staff," "Only emergency services will be operational at the hospital from tomorrow, and the plan is to open the hospital to the public by June 1st. FEMAT will also wrap up operations in Lautoka once the hospital is open next week" External link

rnzi Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:10:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Commission ) : "Ten of the new cases are from one household in Kinoya linked to the Extra Supermarket cluster. The eleventh case is a work contact of case 206 from the Samabula cluster, who works for the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC). Contact tracing investigations are ongoing and the public should expect to see our teams on the ground conducting these investigations throughout Suva," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 25, 2021 11:46:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Depending on what our investigations reveal about this case, the Ministry may recommend extensions of health protection measures," "We have now conducted 585,709 screenings and 27,026 swabs through our community mobile screening program, in addition to screenings at health facilities and fixed screening clinics and the contact-tracing screenings conducted for positive cases," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 25, 2021 9:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Particularly workplaces with large numbers of staff, like supermarkets, are at high risk for spread of the infection. We are urging all workplaces, including supermarkets and other commercial establishments to review your procedures and make sure you are complying with the protocols we have established to eliminate spread," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 25, 2021 4:08:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

rnzi Monday, May 24, 2021 1:31:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

nzherald Sunday, May 23, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

Stuff Sunday, May 23, 2021 8:54:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "These latest cases involve a number of people who visited well-known shops, grocery stores and other commercial facilities in the area, which will make contact tracing and data we can gain from the careFIJI app very important," External link

rnzi Sunday, May 23, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We appreciate the identified contacts of existing cases who have adhered to home quarantine instructions. Your cooperation has made our task of containing the virus more manageable. We continue to ask those that are not under home quarantine to please stay home unless absolutely necessary," "We must commend the family for their decision to adhere to the home quarantine directive issued by the Ministry. A decision that undoubtedly worked to break chains of transmission and limit further spread of Covid-19 in the community" External link

rnzi Friday, May 21, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The recent case detected in an individual working for a security company, which is an essential business, highlights the need for all businesses to have extremely well-enforced protocols that mitigate the risk of infection for employees and the community at-large," External link

rnzi Friday, May 21, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He is a driver for a security company and was working up until Wednesday, May 19th. Therefore, the public should expect to see extensive contact tracing activities ongoing in the Suva-Nausori area," "There are 2625 primary contacts of previous cases who were being monitored in Suva. Out of the 2625, 1619 have been cleared, with 1006 still being followed up" External link

rnzi Friday, May 21, 2021 11:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We appreciate the identified contacts of existing cases who have adhered to home quarantine instructions. Your cooperation has made our task of containing the virus more manageable. We continue to ask those that are not under home quarantine to please stay home unless absolutely necessary," "We must commend the family for their decision to adhere to the home quarantine directive issued by the Ministry. A decision that undoubtedly worked to break chains of transmission and limit further spread of COVID-19 in the community" External link

newshub Friday, May 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The recent case detected in an individual working for a security company, which is an essential business, highlights the need for all businesses to have extremely well-enforced protocols that mitigate the risk of infection for employees and the community at-large," External link

newshub Friday, May 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He is a driver for a security company and was working up until Wednesday, May 19th. Therefore, the public should expect to see extensive contact tracing activities ongoing in the Suva-Nausori area," "There are 2625 primary contacts of previous cases who were being monitored in Suva. Out of the 2625, 1619 have been cleared, with 1006 still being followed up" External link

newshub Friday, May 21, 2021 11:47:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "For every hour of the past four days, my teams have combed through Suva and Nausori to trace and test primary and secondary contacts of existing cases of Covid-19," "We found many of the contacts quickly. Others have required more in-depth investigations to find. In total, we have placed 7,888 contacts in Suva and Nausori under quarantine" External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in - as would be an expected consequence of community transmission," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Both patients are asymptomatic, which means they are not displaying Covid-like symptoms. Contact tracing is ongoing for both cases," External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We expect many more of these individuals to register positive test results," External link

9news Friday, May 14, 2021 6:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in – as would be an expected consequence of community transmission,” External link

Stuff Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give,” External link

Stuff Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:15:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in - as would be an expected consequence of community transmission," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 9:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations so far indicate that this cluster originated outside of the Fiji CDC and the virus was then brought in - as would be an expected consequence of community transmission," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The war against this virus is still winnable. Many thousands of lives can still be saved. Today, tomorrow, and every day after, for all of the foreseeable future, we will tell you what steps you can take to protect yourself and protect the ones you love. Listen often, listen well, and please adhere to every word of the advice we have to give," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:38:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We are dealing with a Covid variant the World Health Organisation has designated as potentially more contagious, and certainly less predictable,” External link

Stuff Thursday, May 13, 2021 3:19:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

rnzi Thursday, May 13, 2021 1:51:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

nzherald Wednesday, May 12, 2021 11:10:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

newshub Wednesday, May 12, 2021 10:33:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Our investigations have not pinpointed a source of transmission for this case. Until we know more, we are not allowing any discharges from the quarantine facility in question," External link

Stuff Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:58:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The confirmation of cases of unknown origin, in particular, indicates the virus could still be present in all six areas, so the borders must be enforced, as must the other restrictions we have in place," "When the data tells us to proceed in a different direction -- we'll tell you" External link

rnzi Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “One of the new cases is his wife, another is his daughter, and the third was a primary contact of his wife,” “All three have been in isolation since yesterday,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 10, 2021 12:42:00 PM EAT

James Foong told : "We know that the rest of the staff in the health centre have tested negative so far, and the nurse was wearing a mask while at work," External link

rnzi Monday, May 10, 2021 9:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The virus is very much present in the community," External link

nzherald Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have already lost one life in this outbreak, there is still time to save many more," External link

nzherald Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Each of these functional pillars, they will all help us, not only help Government but they will also help our partners to help us," External link

nzherald Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:59:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The virus is very much present in the community," External link

newshub Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have already lost one life in this outbreak, there is still time to save many more," External link

newshub Saturday, May 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The virus is very much present in the community," External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have already lost one life in this outbreak, there is still time to save many more," External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 1:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Each of these functional pillars, they will all help us, not only help government but they will also help our partners to help us," External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 12:09:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Team ) : "We have gone out during Cycle Ana. We started from Cyclone Harold and also cyclone Yasi. We used all that and we have actually solidified a lot of our protocols around it. We reorganized the whole of the health system to have greater outreach capacity," "This was in preparation for the possibility of this particular scenario. Knowing that there is an outbreak. We need to have the ability to reach out to people rather than have people come into our facilities. The FEMAT (Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team) group is part of a bigger organisation" External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 12:09:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "we suspect this patient was the source point of transmission to the two doctors at Lautoka Hospital who were previously announced as COVID-positive, but we still do not know how he contracted the virus" External link

rnzi Friday, May 7, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong added : “We are not up against an identical enemy this time around,” “The chains of transmission are more widespread, and the variant is more transmissible” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:25:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the front-line has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:01:00 PM EAT

James Foong added : “We are not up against an identical enemy this time around,” “The chains of transmission are more widespread, and the variant is more transmissible” External link

nytimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 4:56:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "we suspect this patient was the source point of transmission to the two doctors at Lautoka Hospital who were previously announced as COVID-positive, but we still do not know how he contracted the virus" External link

rnzi Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:59:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

watoday Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the front-line has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

TorontoStar Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

seattlepi Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:58:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

eagletribune Thursday, May 6, 2021 12:08:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

theage Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

ABCnews Thursday, May 6, 2021 11:07:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

smh Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Those who are working will operate on high alert, fully equipped in the proper personal protective equipment. They will be screened regularly and tested often. We are going to provide them with any and all support that they need. Food, supplies, bedding, whatever they require, we will provide,” External link

msn-uk Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our healthcare system has ever faced – it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

theherald-au Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

seattlepi Thursday, May 6, 2021 9:54:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Those who are working will operate on high alert, fully equipped in the proper personal protective equipment. They will be screened regularly and tested often. We are going to provide them with any and all support that they need. Food, supplies, bedding, whatever they require, we will provide,” External link

guardian Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:49:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

therepublic Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

tribtown Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:26:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Right now, we are in a war with this virus and the frontline has just extended to Lautoka Hospital,” “This will be the greatest test our health care system has ever faced –– it will be a test for all of us. Lives are at stake, sacrifices must be made, and every Fijian’s commitment is needed. The virus is insidious, it is unrelenting” External link

dailyjournal Thursday, May 6, 2021 7:12:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Early today [Wednesday], the patient's condition began deteriorating. He was moved into an intensive care unit and swabbed for the virus. Barely four hours ago he tested positive for Covid-19. His condition will be discussed more with his family before any public announcement," "The timeline and the recent deterioration in his condition indicate he is likely a late-stage carrier of the virus. So, we suspect that this patient, who is case number 125, transmitted the virus to the doctors, not the other way around" External link

Stuff Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Lautoka Hospita will be closed to the public, all medical services will be re-routed to a network of back-up hospitals in Nadi, Ba, and Sigatoka, as well as the Punjas and Kamikami health centres in Lautoka. We've activated the entire government machinery to ensure these critical services remain accessible to our people," External link

Stuff Thursday, May 6, 2021 3:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Early today [Wednesday], the patient's condition began deteriorating. He was moved into an intensive care unit and swabbed for the virus. Barely four hours ago he tested positive for Covid-19. His condition will be discussed more with his family before any public announcement," "The timeline and the recent deterioration in his condition indicate he is likely a late-stage carrier of the virus. So, we suspect that this patient, who is case number 125, transmitted the virus to the doctors, not the other way around" External link

rnzi Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Lautoka Hospita will be closed to the public, all medical services will be re-routed to a network of back-up hospitals in Nadi, Ba, and Sigatoka, as well as the Punjas and Kamikami health centres in Lautoka. We've activated the entire government machinery to ensure these critical services remain accessible to our people," External link

rnzi Thursday, May 6, 2021 2:12:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “While we do not have any positive results yet from the contacts at the two garment factories, that could change at any point throughout the 14-day incubation window for the virus,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Lion Heart ) : “This team – Lion Heart – shared a hostel and played with our case number 98, so it is vital we locate all of their players and any other persons who closely interacted or travelled with the team,” “If you play for this team, or know someone who plays for this team, please call 158 right now” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “However, as is the case with all of our rural and maritime communities, we encourage families on Moturiki to stay where they are, stay at home, and limit their movement as much as possible,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 12:27:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “With everyone safely at home, my contact tracing teams have worked tirelessly through the torrential rains this weekend to identify the contacts of case 113 -- the garment factory employee. Of her 877 contacts, 95% have been contacted, screened, and swabbed, including all of her closest contacts who shared her bus and worked in close proximity to her at the factory. They will all remain under home quarantine for at least 14 days from their last contact with the case. 611 have tested negative for COVID-19 so far with more samples being tested,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We’re also awaiting the results from Melbourne to confirm a genetic link to other local cases in Fiji. Hopefully that guides our investigation to a link with another chain of transmission. But no matter what the sample tells us, our overarching solution will be the same: We need widespread adoption of our COVID-safe health habits. Not only for a weekend, a week, or even a month -- these measures must be kept by everyone, everywhere for the foreseeable future,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The lifting of that lockdown measure will mean that, within these containment areas, movement for essential purposes only may resume,” “Our system of cross-border deliveries of food and essential items into the containment areas will also resume,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 11:41:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Both doctors have been entered into isolation and their close household contacts have been quarantined,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “The lifting of that lockdown measure will mean that, within these containment areas, movement – for essential purposes only – may resume,” “Our system of cross-border deliveries of food and essential items into the containment areas will also resume,” External link

fijitimes Monday, May 3, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy," "Our contact tracing stemming from case number 113 -- the garment factory worker - is in full-swing. There are two factories we are focussed on" External link

tvnz Monday, May 3, 2021 10:38:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Screening is different from testing, and it is far from as effective as a proper 14 days in quarantine. That is why we will be screening high-risk areas multiple times, as someone screened once may well become a viral carrier days later,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “All six cases were detected among Fijians who are currently in quarantine,” “Four of the six new cases came from soldiers recently returning from overseas duties, some of who had been fraternising amongst each other during their 14-day quarantine in the border quarantine facility, against the rules we’ve set in place,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “He has been moved securely to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital, as per standard operating procedure.,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don’t move, the virus won’t move,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Only persons traveling for medical purposes will be allowed through checkpoints. All non-essential businesses must remain closed,” External link

pina Monday, May 3, 2021 9:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "But no confirmed cases - at this stage - is no reason for celebration," External link

rnzi Monday, May 3, 2021 5:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Without the proper resources and support, they can make the already vulnerable more vulnerable than ever," External link

rnzi Monday, May 3, 2021 5:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "It doesn't mean there are no cases out there; it means none have been detected over the past 24 hours. We are certain there are more cases that will develop or -- worryingly -- that an unconfirmed case of the virus has already developed into a highly-contagious disease. Our biggest fear right now is that someone, with symptoms, has not reported to a screening clinic or called 158. This virus arrives in waves. A lull can often signal a surge. So let's not let one day of no new cases fool anyone into thinking this storm is over," External link

sinacom-en Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:36:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It doesn't mean there are no cases out there; it means none have been detected over the past 24 hours. We are certain there are more cases that will develop or -- worryingly -- that an unconfirmed case of the virus has already developed into a highly-contagious disease. Our biggest fear right now is that someone, with symptoms, has not reported to a screening clinic or called 158. This virus arrives in waves. A lull can often signal a surge. So let's not let one day of no new cases fool anyone into thinking this storm is over," External link

xinhuanet_en Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:43:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, May 2, 2021 11:57:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That means they do not pose a risk to the public and bear no implication on our existing programme of contact tracing," External link

Stuff Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "A number of communities have taken the step of adopting lockdown measures of their own," External link

Stuff Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:16:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That means they do not pose a risk to the public and bear no implication on our existing programme of contact tracing," External link

nzherald Sunday, May 2, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "A number of communities have taken the step of adopting lockdown measures of their own," External link

nzherald Sunday, May 2, 2021 7:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That means they do not pose a risk to the public and bear no implication on our existing programme of contact tracing," External link

rnzi Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "A number of communities have taken the step of adopting lockdown measures of their own," External link

rnzi Sunday, May 2, 2021 6:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy," "Our contact tracing stemming from case number 113 - the garment factory worker - is in full-swing. There are two factories we are focussed on" External link

Stuff Saturday, May 1, 2021 12:09:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have some urgent developments to cover that require immediate changes to our containment strategy," "Our contact tracing stemming from case number 113 -- the garment factory worker - is in full-swing. There are two factories we are focussed on" External link

rnzi Friday, April 30, 2021 2:28:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The man's case will require additional investigation into his contacts to determine if he was definitively linked to other active cases," External link

rnzi Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong noted : "These two weeks will define the next two months for Fiji, and we all need to behave like we have COVID-19, even if there are no known cases in our community or we are showing no symptoms of the virus. By doing so and thereby wearing masks, staying at home, and turning on your careFIJI app, you're saving lives," External link

xinhuanet_en Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:01:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We cannot let that nightmare happen in Fiji," External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Our containment areas are necessary and unavoidable because they're the only way to stop the virus from spreading," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He does not pose a risk of transmission to the public as he had been contained within the quarantine facility since April 18," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 27, 2021 10:34:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

digitaljournal Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

digitaljournal Tuesday, April 27, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "He had close contact with [another soldier who has tested positive] and likely got infected shortly after swabbing," External link

abc-au Monday, April 26, 2021 12:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

medicalxpress Monday, April 26, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

medicalxpress Monday, April 26, 2021 12:03:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community,” External link

alarabiya-en Monday, April 26, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission,” “Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures” External link

alarabiya-en Monday, April 26, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

abc-au Monday, April 26, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

abc-au Monday, April 26, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

thestandard-ph Monday, April 26, 2021 7:30:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 26, 2021 7:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

channelnewsasia Monday, April 26, 2021 7:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

msn-uk Monday, April 26, 2021 7:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

msn-uk Monday, April 26, 2021 7:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community,” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 26, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission,” “Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures” External link

themalaymailonline Monday, April 26, 2021 7:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

ctvnews Monday, April 26, 2021 6:42:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

ctvnews Monday, April 26, 2021 6:42:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

digitaljournal Monday, April 26, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

digitaljournal Monday, April 26, 2021 6:35:00 AM EAT

James Foong warned : “The point is, food and essential goods will remain on the shelves of our shops, markets, and supermarkets. Do not run to the supermarkets and bulk buy goods this afternoon – doing so will crowd these stores and put every shopper at risk,” External link

Stuff Monday, April 26, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

france24-en Monday, April 26, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

france24-en Monday, April 26, 2021 6:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

ibtimes Monday, April 26, 2021 6:22:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

ibtimes Monday, April 26, 2021 6:22:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Three of the cases involved persons who attended the funeral that we have identified as a superspreader event, including a husband and wife who circulated through the community," External link

afp-en Monday, April 26, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "She and her husband have been placed in quarantine, but prudence requires us to treat this case as a possible community transmission," "Because we cannot yet pin down the movements of these people and identify all their contacts, we are forced to take strict precautionary measures" External link

afp-en Monday, April 26, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," "We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don't move, the virus won't move" External link

newstalkzb Monday, April 26, 2021 3:33:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," "We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don't move, the virus won't move" External link

newshub Monday, April 26, 2021 2:40:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," External link

nzherald Monday, April 26, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Once we receive further information regarding the Makoi case, there will be appropriate variations to these measures," "We have experienced this situation before, so it should be familiar to everyone. Our purpose is to keep people from circulating unnecessarily. If people don't move, the virus won't move" External link

rnzi Monday, April 26, 2021 1:54:00 AM EAT

James Foong warned : “The point is, food and essential goods will remain on the shelves of our shops, markets, and supermarkets. Do not run to the supermarkets and bulk buy goods this afternoon – doing so will crowd these stores and put every shopper at risk,” External link

Stuff Monday, April 26, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "This daughter did travel with her mum to the funeral at Tavakubu on April 16th and 17th, however she had no symptoms and tested negative when entered into quarantine on Sunday April 18th. She tested positive at day four of quarantine," "This indicates that she was entered into quarantine before she became infectious, we know that this virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days," External link

newshub Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "If someone has no symptoms and tests negative in the community, it is very unlikely that they were infectious, even if they later test positive during the 14-day quarantine period," External link

newshub Sunday, April 25, 2021 1:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "This daughter did travel with her mum to the funeral at Tavakubu on April 16th and 17th, however she had no symptoms and tested negative when entered into quarantine on Sunday April 18th. She tested positive at day four of quarantine," "This indicates that she was entered into quarantine before she became infectious, we know that this virus has an incubation period of up to 14 days," External link

rnzi Sunday, April 25, 2021 8:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "So a person may take up to 14 days to have enough virus in their bodies to develop symptoms, or trigger a positive test result. Importantly, the level of virus that becomes detectable on a test also relates to how infectious that person is at the time. If someone has no symptoms and tests negative in the community, it is very unlikely that they were infectious, even if they later test positive during the 14-day quarantine period," "Three of these latest local cases were not infectious while they were in the community, we know this because they had no symptoms at the time, and were negative on their first test when they entered quarantine. It was only on their second test in quarantine that they tested positive," External link

rnzi Sunday, April 25, 2021 8:11:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "When my teams are in your community, please be honest with them about how you are feeling and where you have been," External link

rnzi Saturday, April 24, 2021 12:56:00 AM EAT

James Foong told : "Vaccines absolutely do protect you from getting the virus, particularly after both doses of the vaccine are administered," External link

yahoo-au Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:17:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Together, these two patients represent the highest-risk cases Fiji has ever contended with. " External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have yet to confirm it via tests, but we are certain there are more cases out there," External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "I cannot stress enough how important it is that you enforce physical distancing within your businesses and require that customers have the careFIJI app turned on while they are on your premises," "CareFIJI is one of the most efficient contact tracing tools we have. If you have careFIJI, and you come into contact with someone who has the virus, we can alert you quickly to keep you and your family safe. The more Fijians have this app downloaded, the more quickly we can flush out the virus and return life to normal" External link

nzherald Wednesday, April 21, 2021 5:06:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "CareFIJI is one of the most efficient contact tracing tools we have. If you have careFIJI, and you come into contact with someone who has the virus, we can alert you quickly to keep you and your family safe. The more Fijians have this app downloaded, the more quickly we can flush out the virus and return life to normal," External link

rnzi Wednesday, April 21, 2021 1:31:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "Due to her extensive exposure with the public, this hotel staff, and now her daughter, has been the central focus of our contact tracing," External link

rnzi Tuesday, April 20, 2021 3:39:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We suspect he contracted the virus from two Fijian citizens, who returned to India on the 10th of April. They both tested positive for the virus. And were transported to the isolation ward of the hospital on Friday the 16th," External link

Stuff Monday, April 19, 2021 7:28:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We suspect he contracted the virus from two Fijian citizens, who returned to India on the 10th of April. They both tested positive for the virus. And we're transported to the isolation ward of the hospital on Friday the 16th," External link

rnzi Monday, April 19, 2021 6:10:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “His last port of call was Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and he returned a weak positive test result upon routine testing while undergoing the standard 14-day quarantine on board the vessel in the quarantine mooring, in accordance with the Blue Lanes initiative,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:40:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “They occur because the body has produced new cells that act as soldiers to combat the infection it is intended to protect us from,” External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:29:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have quite a large quarantine port which makes it a lot easier. They will stay on the vessel for their 14-day quarantine period," "It is a weak infection and from some time ago, so we are not too concerned about it" External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10:15:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "The public will need to understand that while we are clarifying, we are protecting," External link

rnzi Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:49:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "because officials are awaiting information on whether they had tested positive for the virus in another country" External link

Stuff Monday, December 7, 2020 4:35:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "because officials are awaiting information on whether they had tested positive for the virus in another country" External link

nzherald Monday, December 7, 2020 4:04:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "because officials are awaiting information on whether they had tested positive for the virus in another country" External link

rnzi Monday, December 7, 2020 1:48:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Fiji has continued to record high rates of immunisation coverage of more than 90% for most Vaccine-preventable diseases for our population. We acknowledge WHO and UNICEF for the technical support, the timely provision of vaccines for our target population and strengthening Fiji’s Cold Chain system which is the heart of EPI” External link

pina Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:13:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : “Fiji has continued to record high rates of immunisation coverage of more than 90% for most Vaccine-preventable diseases for our population. We acknowledge WHO and UNICEF for the technical support, the timely provision of vaccines for our target population and strengthening Fiji’s Cold Chain system which is the heart of EPI” External link

reliefWeb Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:50:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "this puts pressure on our admission rate. It also increases our requirements for appropriate tests, treatment, medicines and most importantly our rehabilitation process" External link

rnzi Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:17:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “Moving forward, any requests from nightclubs to seek new business designations will be approved on a case-by-case basis, with compulsory input from the Ministry of Health,” External link

fijitimes Thursday, August 27, 2020 10:47:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The pair were travelling with 107 other passengers," "The man was transported to the hospital for isolation" External link

rnzi Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:37:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "That is a very significant figure for us and we are quite concerned with it at this stage," External link

pidp Saturday, May 25, 2019 5:51:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "The refreshed T3 and Jewel are part of efforts to make shopping and dining at the airport more exciting, and to give families a reason to come to the airport" External link

AsiaOne Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We know that many fond memories are forged at Changi - families gathering for a meal before sending off loved ones on a flight, spotting planes and enjoying the play facilities - and we want to continue to make the airport a go-to destination for the whole family" External link

AsiaOne Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:48:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about Tom Brady ) : “When you are at the top, people are going to knock at you, they are going to pick at it. What’s amazing about the Patriots is the consistency which Belichick and Brady bring to the game. I think they’ve done a tremendous job of elevating the sport, of keeping it very clean and professional. I can’t think of anybody who can do that better than the Patriots,” External link

sinacom-en Monday, February 4, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong remarked : “If I was him, I would definitely think about retiring,” External link

sinacom-en Monday, February 4, 2019 8:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about Tom Brady ) : "When you are at the top, people are going to knock at you, they are going to pick at it. What's amazing about the Patriots is the consistency which Belichick and Brady bring to the game. I think they’ve done a tremendous job of elevating the sport, of keeping it very clean and professional. I can't think of anybody who can do that better than the Patriots," External link

chinabroadcast Monday, February 4, 2019 6:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong remarked : "If I was him, I would definitely think about retiring," External link

chinabroadcast Monday, February 4, 2019 6:14:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : “We have a lot of structures that they asked us to set up and it has already been set up,” “This is a world recognised problem that arises when you put a lot of sick people together in one place. They will create an environment that will allow this kind of bacteria to grow. We have a list of drugs that we do not use and we only use it when we have this type of situation. So we have a set of actions or protocols that we initiate as soon as we get one indication that we got an outbreak” External link

pina Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:23:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have a lot of structures that they asked us to set up and it has already been set up," "This is a world recognised problem that arises when you put a lot of sick people together in one place. They will create an environment that will allow this kind of bacteria to grow. We have a list of drugs that we do not use and we only use it when we have this type of situation. So we have a set of actions or protocols that we initiate as soon as we get one indication that we got an outbreak" External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:18:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "We have a lot of structures that they asked us to set up and it has already been set up," External link

fijitimes Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:18:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "It is the group that overlooks the plans and the various phases of this plan where we isolate the bug, remove the bug, make sure we protect everybody and slowly get back to normal phase," External link

fijitimes Monday, March 6, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We have moved most of our patients back to the normal place, but we have not completed it. It is supposed to be done in phases. I still have to get an update from the group as to how far they are going to be and we are having a meeting tomorrow to decide when we can have our operations back to normal," "We are taking in new admissions back to the old place; before we could not do that" External link

fijitimes Monday, March 6, 2017 8:05:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "I can tell you that we have sick people who were already sick before they came to us whether or not the deaths is related to the outbreak is not something we can work out," "All we know is they were already sick when they came to us" External link

fijitimes Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We haven't had any new infections and we have now started to take in admissions from the labour ward into the NICU," External link

fijitimes Saturday, March 4, 2017 9:21:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about China Media ) : "Jaunt China aims to become the first company to bring comprehensive VR shooting, production, distribution, and experience platform into one body" External link

ChinaPost Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:15:00 PM EAT

James Foong said ( about China Media ) : "Jaunt China aims to become the first company to bring comprehensive VR shooting, production, distribution, and experience platform into one body" External link

china Thursday, January 5, 2017 5:52:00 AM EAT

James Foong said ( about China Media ) : "Jaunt China aims to become the first company to bring comprehensive VR shooting, production, distribution, and experience platform into one body" External link

chinadaily Thursday, January 5, 2017 4:09:00 AM EAT

James Foong explained : "Episodic narratives did change the game for TV…. I suspect VR will take a similar form but we may not be there yet as the art of VR storytelling is still being defined, the technologies are still being developed and the platforms are still in infancy," External link

cnbc Friday, December 30, 2016 7:00:00 AM EAT

James Foong said : "We currently have one cardiology specialist and two are in training," "Our medical unit also has long experience in cardiology practice and the specialists currently being developed are to build local capacity to do higher end cardiac specialist activity in Fiji" External link

fijitimes Saturday, March 14, 2015 11:19:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "I think to a large extent, one of the largest disabling factors is our work establishments and posts available," External link

fijitimes Sunday, March 1, 2015 11:02:00 PM EAT

James Foong said : "Inhalers and nebuliser are part of ongoing procurement in our essential drugs and equipment list. Both are currently in stock," "The problem we have is public awareness and patient education — getting a patient diagnosed early and educating them on how they manage their asthma and when they need to seek emergency services is vital in addition to the Ministry of Health, ensuring timely access to medications" External link

fijitimes Monday, February 23, 2015 11:30:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
ceo60.00%EN07/29/201729/07/2017
acting superintendent5.00%EN03/03/201703/03/2017
superintendent5.00%EN03/03/201703/03/2017
senior lecturer15.00%EN01/21/201721/01/2017
chief executive15.00%EN01/05/201705/01/2017
Names Lang Count
James FongEN74.36%
James FoongEN25.64%


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