Fiji COVID-19 cases soar to 312; four new deaths reported

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Fiji has reported an even higher 312 positive COVID-19 cases and four related deaths Tuesday.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong says 17 of those cases are from the Western division:

*Four are from the existing containment zones of Tramline and Qima Settlement in Nadi.

*One is a prison officer from Suva in the Tavua prison compound, he was undergoing quarantine as part of movement from red zone to green zone – similar to the prison officers reported positive in Rakiraki.

* The second case in Tavua lives at the PWD Quarters and his source of transmission is under investigation. There are also 4 new cases from Lovu Lautoka with unknown sources of transmission.

*Seven contacts of these Lovu cases in Lautoka have also tested positive.

Dr said the remaining 295 cases are from the Lami-Nausori containment area.

“There are 165 from existing areas of interest and 10 from new areas of interest: Cost U Less supermarket, Golden Manufacturers, and the Kidney Foundation of Fiji,” Dr Fong said.

“The remaining cases are contacts of known cases, cases that were seen in screening clinics and were swabbed, and cases under investigation to determine possible sources of transmission.”

Dr Fong said they also confirmed four new COVID-19 deaths.

“The first was a case that was previously announced as under investigation to determine if COVID-19 was the cause of death. This is a 82-year-old woman from Qauia in Lami. She had pre-existing medical conditions, was bedridden, and died at home. According to protocol she was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. She was declared dead by the attending medical officer and after investigation it has been determined that the cause of death was COVID-19. Other members of her household have also tested positive. She was not vaccinated.

“The second death was a 68-year-old man from Toorak, who was admitted to CWM Hospital after presenting to the FEMAT field hospital on 24 June in severe respiratory distress and testing positive. He died in the intensive care unit. His doctors have determined that his death was caused by COVID-19. He was not vaccinated.

“The third death was a 39-year-old woman from Knolly St. who tested positive and was admitted to CWM Hospital after having severe symptoms of COVID-19 at home, including shortness of breath. She died yesterday in the intensive care unit, and her doctors have determined that her death was caused by COVID-19. She had received her first dose of the vaccine this month. She was not fully vaccinated.

“The fourth is a 70-year-old man from Veisari Lami who presented in respiratory distress and died last night at the Raiwaqa Health Centre. According to protocol he was swabbed and tested positive. His doctors have determined that his death was caused by COVID-19. He was not vaccinated.

“A 54-year-old male who tested positive for COVID-19 at CWMH has also died. He was admitted at the hospital for a severe pre-existing non-COVID-19 illness and it has been determined by his doctors that he died due to that illness and not due to COVID-19. He was not vaccinated,” Dr Fong said.

Dr Fong said there have been 21 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 19 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

“We also have recorded 9 COVID-19 positive patients that died from the pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses that they had been receiving treatment for at the CWM Hospital.

“There have been 29 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 3306 active cases in isolation. There have been 4074 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 4144 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 808 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said a total of 154,009 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 196,870 tested since testing began in early 2020.The national 7-day daily test average is 3026 tests per day or 3.4 tests per 1000 population.

The national seven -day average daily test positivity is 8.3% and continues on an upward trend, said Dr Fong.

“The seven -day average of new cases per day has increased to 269 cases per day or 304 cases per million population per day. There has also been a notable increase in positive patients with severe disease, as well as an increase in deaths. The steady increase in average daily case numbers in combination with other indicators suggest higher daily numbers of cases, hospitalisations, and deaths in the coming weeks, particularly in the Central and Western divisions.

“To-date, 287,148 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 45,139 have received their second doses. This equates to 49% of the target population having had at least one dose and 7.69% being fully-vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS