Fiji reports 647 positive cases of COVID-19 and one death

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Fiji has reported 647 new cases of COVID-19 and one COVID-19 death Tuesday.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong says the COVID-19 death  is a 58-year-old man from Delaivalelevu who died at home.

He said the man’s family reported that he had been feeling unwell for one week.

“He received his first dose of the vaccine in mid-June. He had not received the second dose of the vaccine and was not fully vaccinated,” Dr Fong said.

“There has been one more death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, the death has been classified as a non-COVID death by doctors. Doctors have determined that this death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.”

Dr Fong said there had now been 59 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 57 of those deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

“We also have recorded 27 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

“There have been 230 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 9725 active cases.”

There have been 11,962 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.

The ministry has also recorded a total of 12,032 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 2221 recoveries.

As of the 12th July 362,969 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 68,819 have received their second doses. This means that 61.9 % of the target population have received at least one dose and 11.7 % are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

The 7-day average of new cases per day is 698 cases per day or 788 cases per million population per day.

“With daily increases in cases we are also seeing increasing cases of severe COVID-19 and increasing deaths.

“Sadly, people with severe COVID-19 are still dying at home or they are coming to a medical facility in the late stages of severe illness. Severe COVID-19 is a medical emergency, and a delay in receiving appropriate medical treatment reduces your chance of recovering from the disease,” Dr Fong said.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS