Fiji records 1,054 new cases of covid-19 and 12 deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 1,054 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths reported Tuesday.

Permanent secretary of health, Dr James Fong said the 12 new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 13 – 19 July.

“The first COVID-19 death to report is a 70-year-old woman from Tamavua. She presented to the CMW hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her family reported that she was feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms at home four days prior. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died on the same day (14/07/2021).She was not vaccinated.

“The second COVID-19 death to report is a 53-year-old woman from Nasinu. She presented to the CMW hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her family reported that she was unwell with a fever and cough for one week prior. She died on the same day in hospital (13/07/2021). She was not vaccinated.

“The third COVID-19 death to report is a 60-year-old man from Suva who died at home on 18/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The fourth COVID-19 death to report is a 600- year old man from Suva. He presented to the CWM hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died 1 day after admission (19/07/2021). He was not vaccinated.

“The fifth COVID-19 death to report is a 72-year-old woman from Nakasi who died at home on the 18/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.

“The sixth COVID-19 death to report is a 69-year-old man from Valelevu who died at home on 18/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The seventh COVID-19 death to report is a 74-year-old woman from Narere. She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. She was retrieved by a medical team to the CWM Hospital. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died 5 days after admission (18/07/2021). She was not vaccinated.

“The eighth COVID-19 death to report is a 92-year-old man from Wailoku who died at home on 19/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The ninth COVID-19 death to report is an 87-year-old woman from Tacirua who died at home on 19/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.

“The tenth COVID-19 death to report is an 81-year-old man from Waila who died at home on 19/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The eleventh COVID-19 death to report is a 75-year-old man from Nasinu. He presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. He was retrieved by a medical team to the CWM Hospital. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died 1 day after admission (19/07/2021). He was not vaccinated.

“The twelfth COVID-19 death to report is a 75-year-old woman from Kinoya who died at home on 19/07/2021. She received her 1st dose of the vaccine in mid- May. She did not receive the 2nd dose of the vaccine. This means that she was not fully vaccinated,” said Dr Fong.

He said there have been 3 more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors.

“Doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 125 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 123 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. We also have recorded 51 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 are 30 more deaths currently under investigation. These will be discussed once investigations (including test results) and classifications are complete,” Dr Fong said.

He said there have been 343 new recoveries, which means that there are now 14,943 active cases.

“There have been 19,282 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 19,352 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 4,233 recoveries.

“The national 7-day daily test average is 3837 tests per day or 4.3 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 26%.

The 7-day average of new cases per day is 1046 cases per day or 1182 cases per million population per day. With the high numbers of new daily cases we are also seeing increasing cases of severe disease and deaths,” Dr Fong said.

He said as of 19July 401,404 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 80,894 have received their second doses.

“This means that 68.4% of the target population have received at least one dose and 13.8% are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.

SOURCE: PACNEWS