On the same day, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said it had recorded 24 new infections in mainland China on June 24, up from 16 on June 23. All new infections are domestic infections; There were no more deaths on June 24.
Meanwhile, Fiji recorded a widespread community spread of COVID-19 in the country. Fiji’s permanent health minister, James Fong, said there were 308 new infections in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the second wave of outbreaks that broke out in early April to nearly 2,800 cases. .
However, the Fijian authorities have not yet imposed a nationwide blockade, emphasizing that the people’s sense of compliance with epidemic prevention regulations is poor, making the blockade measure ineffective.
Fiji went a year without recording any new infections until this past April, when a second wave of infections caused by the Delta variant raged. As the number of cases continued to soar, doubling in just nine days, the head of the government’s health protection agency, Aalisha Sahukhan, acknowledged “evidence that the disease is widespread in the community”, adding “The number of infections will continue to increase and there will be more severe cases, as well as deaths.” Ms. Sahukhan called for preparing for a scenario where hospitals would be overwhelmed.
Fiji’s strategy now is to impose a local blockade to limit the virus, while promoting universal vaccination. However, only 1% of Fiji’s population is currently vaccinated with 2 doses of the vaccine. The Red Cross attributed this low rate to misinformation about vaccinations spreading on social media. President Joiji Konrote has urged Fijians to get vaccinated, saying “this is one of the hopes of controlling the spread of the virus”.
In another development, the Hawaiian Islands (USA) will apply a new rule from July 8, according to which domestic tourists who have been vaccinated with full doses in the US are not required to be tested for the virus before leaving and not quarantine upon arrival. Hawaii Governor David Ige said: “Hawaii is expected to reach a vaccination rate of 60% by July 8, which could ease some of the current restrictions.”
Under the new rules, indoor gatherings are allowed up to 25 participants, and 75 people for outdoor gatherings. Restaurants are also allowed to welcome guests equivalent to 75% of their capacity.
Tourism is a huge part of the Hawaiian economy. In 2019, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the archipelago welcomed more than 10.4 million visitors. The tourism industry also creates 200,000 jobs for the archipelago of about 1.4 million people.
To date, Hawaii has recorded more than 37,000 infections and more than 510 deaths from COVID-19.