Fiji records 1,100 new cases of covid-19, 13 deaths reported

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-Fiji has recorded1,100 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths Monday increasing the total number of cases to 31,443 cases since the outbreak that started in April.

Health and Medical Services permanent secretary, Dr James Fong said 386 cases were from the Western division and 714 cases from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

Dr Fong said the 13 deaths recorded for the period from 29 July – 01 August, 2021.

He said the first COVID-19 death was a 79-year-old man not fully vaccinated man from Rewa who died at home on 01 August.

Dr Fong said the second COVID-19 death is a 48-year-old man from Nepani who was presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress.

“His condition worsened at the hospital and he died on the same day – July 31. He received the first 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,” Dr Fong said.

He said the third COVID-19 death was an unvaccinated 67-year-old man from Lami who died at home on 31 July.

Dr Fong said the fourth COVID-19 death was also an unvaccinated 69-year-old man from Suva who died at home on 30 July.

He said the fifth COVID-19 death was a 44-year-old woman from Lami.

“She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved her from the medical facility and brought her to the CWM hospital. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died two days after admission on July 30. She was not vaccinated,” Dr Fong said.

“The sixth COVID-19 death to report is a 55-year-old woman from Lautoka. She presented to the Lautoka Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died six days after admission on August 1. She was not vaccinated,” he said.

“The seventh COVID-19 death to report is a 39-year-old woman from Lautoka. She presented to the Lautoka Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died 8 days after admission on 01 August. She was not vaccinated,” he added.

“The eighth COVID-19 death to report is a 53-year-old woman from Nadi. She presented to the Nadi Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died one day after admission on August 1. She was not vaccinated.

“The ninth COVID-19 death to report is a 55-year-old woman from Lautoka. She presented to the Lautoka Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died 2 days after admission on 01 August. She was not vaccinated.

“The tenth COVID-19 death to report is an 81-year-old woman from Sigatoka. She presented to the Sigatoka Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died three days after admission on July 31. She was not vaccinated.

“The eleventh COVID-19 death to report is a 90-year-old man from Sigatoka who died at home on 29 July He was not vaccinated.

“The twelfth COVID-19 death to report is a 77-year-old woman from Tamavua. She presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved her from the FEMAT field hospital and brought her to the CWM Hospital. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died 12 days after admission on the July 29. She was not vaccinated.

“The thirteenth COVID-19 death to report is an 87-year-old woman from Nakasi. She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved her from the medical facility and brought her to the CWM Hospital. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died 14 days after admission on 02 August. She was not vaccinated,” said Dr Fong.

He said there have been six 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 254 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 252 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 7. We also have recorded 136 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,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are currently 302 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“23 patients are admitted at Lautoka hospital. In Suva, 80 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 199 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 50 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 13 are in critical condition,” he said.

Dr Fong said there have been 589 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 22,592 active cases. 18,887 active cases are in the Central division and 3,705 in the Western division.

He said based on available data the national 7-day daily test average is 3296 tests per day or 3.7 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 31.8 percent.

As of the 01st August 484,629 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 144,194 have received their second doses. This means that 82.6% of the target population have received at least one dose and 24.6% are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

SOURCE: PACNEWS/ FIJI TIMES