Another death reported, Fiji records 126 new cases of COVID-19


Fiji has recorded another three-digit figure of positive COVID-19 cases – a total of 126 and a death of a man Monday.

Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the 42-year-old male was admitted to the hospital with leptospirosis.

“He also tested positive for COVID-19 during his admission,” Dr Fong said.

“His death is being investigated by his doctors to determine if it will be classified as a COVID-19 death,” he said.

Dr Fong also clarified that there have been 59 recoveries since the last update, which means that there are now 1542 active cases in isolation.

“There have been 2,020 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.

“We have recorded a total of 2,090 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020,” he said.

Meanwhile, a 48-hour lockdown is being imposed from 4am, Tuesday,June 22 to 4am Thursday, June 24, 2021 for Qauia settlement in Lami.

According to a statement by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the aim of the lockdown is to conduct rapid screening, tracing, swabbing and quarantine or isolation of cases of interest in Qauia Settlement.

The statement further said that the exercise is an opportunity to check for COVID-like symptoms and travel/movement histories that may have put residents in the path of Fijians living with COVID -19.

“It is a necessary step and one of the ways to stop this infection from spreading further in the community,” the statement said.

“Mobile Screening Teams will be visiting households within the boundaries highlighted on the map.

“The physical boundary will be determined by the RFMF C-19 taskforce, Health and Police team on site in Qauia who will be conducting COVID-19 screening, tracing and swabbing in this 48 hour period.

“In the interest of public and personal safety, residents within the marked area are requested to stay home and avoid any contact with people from other households.

“If you experience COVID like symptoms (sore throat, fever, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, aches and pains, fatigue/tiredness) please contact 158 immediately.

“A medical team will reach out to you at your home.

“The Ministry of Health requests understanding and cooperation from the public for this exercise and assures all residents swabbed and tested, that information obtained will be kept confidential,” the statement said.