Fiji has recorded 657 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths Sunday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 36,909 since the outbreak in April.
Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 256 cases are from the Western division and 401 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.
On Saturday, Fiji recorded 682 new cases and six deaths, On Friday the island nation recorded 752 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths.
Dr Fong said there have been 586 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 24,138 active cases.
“19,005 active cases are in the Central Division and 5,133 in the West.There have been 36,909 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.
“We have recorded a total of 36,979 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 12,384 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.
He said the three new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 06 – 07 August. All three deaths were reported from the Central Division.
“The first COVID-19 death to report is an 86-year-old woman from Newtown who died at home on the 06/08/2021. She was not vaccinated.
“The second COVID-19 death to report is a 73-year-old woman from Kinoya who died at home on the 06/08/2021. She was not vaccinated.
“The third COVID-19 death to report is a 71-year-old man from Cunningham who died at home on the 07/08/2021. He was not vaccinated,” said Dr Fong.
Fiji’s death toll almost reaches the 300 mark.
“There have now been 299 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 297 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 6.
“We also have recorded 158 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 240 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.
“69 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 171 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 50 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 5 are in critical condition,” said Dr Fong.
He said based on available data the national 7-day daily test average is 3010 tests per day or 3.4 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 31.3 percent.
As of 07 August 512,282 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 178,606 have received their second doses. This means that 87.3% of the target population have received at least one dose and 30.4% are now fully vaccinated nationwide.