Three individuals who had tested positive of COVID-19 have died at Fiji’s CWM hospital.
This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong in his daily COVID-19 statement Tuesday.
Dr Fong said the first is a 68-year-old admitted to the hospital for a pre-existing non-COVID medical condition.
“He tested positive during his admission and his doctors have confirmed his death as a COVID-19 death,” Dr Fong said.
“The second is a 57-year-old who was also admitted to the hospital for a pre-existing non-COVID medical condition,” he said.
“He also tested positive during his admission, and his doctors are investigating to determine if his death was caused by COVID-19,” he added.
Dr Fong said the third death is a 66-year-old who was declared dead on arrival to the emergency department at CWMH, according to protocol she was swabbed and also tested positive to COVID-19.
“Her doctors are conducting investigations to determine if her death was caused by COVID-19.”
The death of the 42-year-old male at CWM Hospital announced Monday has now been classified as a COVID-19 death.
There have now been nine deaths due to COVID-19, with seven of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. Two deaths are under investigation to determine if they were caused by COVID-19, and 8 COVID-19 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses.
Fiji recorded 180 new cases on Tuesday with a total of 2,270 active cases in isolation and 618 recoveries.
SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS