Fiji records 1,057 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

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Fiji has recorded 1,057 new COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths reported Wednesday.

The permanent secretary for Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong said 44 of the new cases are from the Western Division and 913 cases from the Central Division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

He said the 12 COVID-deaths were reported between 24-27 July.

Dr Fong indicated seven of the 12 deaths involved cases presented to the medical facility in severe respiratory distress, three home deaths and two were declared dead on arrival.

“A 44-year-old woman from Drasa. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital emergency department (24/07/2021). This means that she died at home or on her way to the hospital. She was not vaccinated;

“A 73-year-old woman from Lovu. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital emergency department (26/07/2021). This means that she died at home or on her way to the hospital. She was not vaccinated;

“A 52-year-old woman from Lami who died at home on 27/07/2021. She was not vaccinated;

“A 61-year-old man from Raiwai who died at home on 27/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;

“A 69-year-old man from Naitasiri who died at home on 26/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;

“A 75-year-old man from Togalevu. He presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved him from the medical facility to the CWM Hospital. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 4 days after admission (27/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early July. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated;

“An 83-year-old man from Nadawa. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 6 days after admission (25/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early June. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated;

“A 74-year-old woman from Narere. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 8 days after admission (26/07/2021). She was not vaccinated;

“An 87-year-old man from Tacirua Village. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 8 days after admission (28/07/2021). She was not vaccinated;

“A 61-year-old woman from Samabula. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 8 days after admission (27/07/2021). She was not vaccinated;

“A 51-year-old man from Samabula. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 7 days after admission (27/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early July. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated; and

“A 70-year-old woman from Tamavua. A medical team retrieved her from the home and brought her to CWM Hospital. She was noted to be in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the CWM hospital and she died 3 days after admission (27/07/2021). Her family reported that she had a cough and shortness of breath 2 days prior. She received the 1st dose of the vaccine in late May. She did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that she was not fully vaccinated,” Dr Fong said.

There were 218 deaths recorded due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 216 of those deaths recorded during the outbreak that started in April this year.

There have been 387 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 19,168 active cases.

Dr Fong said 16,272 active cases are in the Central division and 2,896 in the Western division.

There have been 26,126 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.

“We have recorded a total of 26,196 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 6,706 recoveries,” he said.

Dr Fong said that Fiji’s 7-day average daily test positivity is at 25.4 percent or 3341 tests per day or 3.8 tests per 1,000 population.

As of Wednesday 457,752, adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 111,541 have received their second doses.

This means that 78 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 19 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS