Fiji has recorded 1,301 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 death Thursday.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 293 cases are from the Western division and 1008 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.
He said there have been 245 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 20,200 active cases. 17,774 active cases are in the Central Division and 2,426 in the Western division.
Dr Fong said all cases that were recorded in the Northern and Eastern Divisions (cases that were imported from Viti Levu) have recovered and there are no active cases currently in those divisions.
“There have been 27,427 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 27,497 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 6,951 recoveries,” he said.
Dr Fong said the nine new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 26 – 27 July.
“The first COVID-19 death to report is an 83-year-old man from Lautoka. He presented to the Lautoka Hospital in respiratory distress. He reported having a cough and shortness of breath for five days. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 3 days after admission (27/07/2021). He was not vaccinated.
“The second COVID-19 death to report is a 72-year-old woman from Samabula who died at home on the 26/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
“The third COVID-19 death to report is a 69 year old man from Valelevu. He presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died on the same day (25/07/2021). He was not vaccinated.
“The fourth COVID-19 death to report is a 64-year-old man from Suva who died at home on the 27/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.
“The fifth COVID-19 death to report is a 84-year-old man from Nabua who died at home on 27/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.
“The sixth COVID-19 death to report is a 59-year-old man from Nakasi who died at home on the 27/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.
“The seventh COVID-19 death to report is a 91-year-old woman from Suva who died at home on the 27/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
“The eighth COVID-19 death to report is a 68-year-old woman from Wailoku who died at home on the 27/07/2021.She was not vaccinated.
The ninth COVID-19 death to report is a 75 year old man from Raiwaqa who died at home on the 26/07/2021. He was not vaccinated,” Dr Fong said.
He said there have been 15 more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients.
“However, their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. Doctors have determined that their deaths were caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions and not COVID-19.
“There have now been 227 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 225 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 8.
“We also have recorded 119 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.
Dr Fong said there are currently 304 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.
“29 patients are admitted at Lautoka hospital. In Suva, 77 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 198 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 53 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 16 are in critical condition.
“Based on available data the national 7-day daily test average is 3302 tests per day or 3.7 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 25.6 %.
“The 7-day average of new cases per day is 877 cases per day or 991 cases per million population per day,” Dr Fong said.
He said daily cases numbers remain high, and daily test positivity remains high, indicating ongoing widespread community transmission in the Suva-Nausori containment zone. Cases are also increasing in the Western division.
As of the 28 July 465,110 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 120,451 have received their second doses.