Fiji records 1,285 new cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths reported

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Fiji has reported 1,285 new cases of COVID-19 Monday.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong also reported nine new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 23 – 26 July, 2021.

Dr Fong said the first COVID-19 death was an unvaccinated 82-year-old woman from Tamavua who died at home on July 23, 2021.

He said the second COVID-19 death is a 57-year-old man from Nadawa who died at home on July 24, 2021 and was also not vaccinated.

“The third COVID-19 death to report is a 34-year-old man from Nadera. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died two days after admission July 26. He received his first dose of the vaccine in late June. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated,” Dr Fong said.

“The fourth COVID-19 death to report is a 52-year-old man from Raiwasa. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 15 days after admission – July 25. He was not vaccinated,” he said.

“The fifth COVID-19 death to report is a 45-year-old woman from Samabula. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died seven days after admission – July 23. She was not vaccinated.

“The sixth COVID-19 death to report is a 73-year-old woman from Naitasiri. She presented to a health facility in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the health facility and she died on the same day – July 23. Her family reported that she had a cough, generalised weakness and shortness of breath for one week prior. She was not vaccinated.

“The seventh COVID-19 death to report is a 72-year-old man from Naitasiri who died at home on July 25. He was not vaccinated.

“The eighth COVID-19 death to report is an 89-year-old woman from Narere. She presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died on the same day – July 26. She was not vaccinated.

“The ninth COVID-19 death to report is a 74-year-old man from Tacirua who died at home on July 25. He was not vaccinated,” he said.

Dr Fong said there have been seven 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,” he said.

Dr Fong said 193 of these deaths were reported during the outbreak that started in April this year.

“The seven day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is eight,” Dr Fong said.

“We also have recorded 101 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,” he said.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS