Four new Covid-19 case recorded


Four new Covid-19 case was recorded from the 22nd to the 29th of January, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest report issued yesterday. 

Taking the cumulative number of cases to 16,301 with 192 border cases. No new covid -19 death-related case has been recorded and the data remains 29. 

Furthermore, Influenza Flulike illnesses or ILI reported from 16 Jan to 22 were recorded at 1104; but decreased from the recording period from 23rd to 29th January 2023 to 731.

This was revealed in the latest Syndromic Surveillance report by the Ministry of Health released this week. 

The report states the Ministry continues to observe a decrease in the number of COVID-19 testing and Influenza test requests received by the hospital laboratory.

It is encouraged that samples are collected for verification and confirmation of the casual agent. The laboratory division is also advised to prioritize the overseas referral of these samples to ensure timely responses. 

Also, the surveillance team encourages the clinical team to collect samples to verify the causal agent and advice the laboratory team to prioritize the overseas referral of these samples to ensure a timely response.

Furthermore, the report says severe acute respiratory infection or SARI at Epi-week4 SARI, cases were reported from Motootua were 10; 3 from Safotu and 9 from other district hospitals. 

No known links were identified from the case investigations; of the cases investigated, diagnosis included severe/unresolved pneumonia and bronchiolitis. All cases are required to be screened for COVID-19 (current or previous) infection and vaccination status.