Fiji records 603 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 new deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 603 new cases of COVID-19 and 18 new deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases to 37,512 and 315 deaths in the island nation since the outbreak that started in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 223 cases are from the Western division and 380 cases are from the Central division, in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

“There have been 293 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 24,420 active cases. 19,088 active cases are in the Central Division and 5,332 in the West.

“There have been 37,512 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 37, 582 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 12,677 recoveries,” Dr Fong said.

Dr Fong said the 18 new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 04 – 09 August.

He said 12 deaths were reported from the Western division and seven deaths were reported from the Central division.

“The first COVID-19 death to report is an 83-year-old man from Lautoka. He presented to the Lautoka hospital in severe respiratory distress. He died four days after admission to the hospital on 06/08/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The second COVID-19 death to report is a 79-year-old woman from Sigatoka. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Sigatoka Sub-Divisional Hospital on 06/08/2021. This means that she died at home or on her way to the hospital. She was not vaccinated.

“The third COVID-19 death to report is an 86-year-old man from Sigatoka. He was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Sigatoka Sub-Divisional Hospital on 05/08/2021. This means that he died at home or on his way to the hospital. He was not vaccinated.

“The fourth COVID-19 death to report is a 70-year-old man from Nadi. He presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened in the medical facility and he died on the same day (07/08/2021). He was not vaccinated.

“The fifth COVID-19 death to report is a 75-year-old man from Lautoka. He was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital on 06/08/2021. This means that he died at home or on his way to the hospital. He was not vaccinated.

“The sixth COVID-19 death to report is an 83-year-old woman from Lautoka. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital on 06/08/2021. This means that she died at home or on her way to the hospital. She was not vaccinated.

“The seventh COVID-19 death to report is an 80-year-old man from Lautoka. He was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital on 06/08/2021. This means that he died at home or on his way to the hospital. He was not vaccinated.

“The eighth COVID-19 death to report is an 88-year-old man from Ba. He presented to the Ba Mission Hospital in respiratory distress. He died two days after admission at the hospital on 07/08/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The ninth COVID-19 death to report is a 49-year-old man from Nadi. He was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Nadi Hospital on 08/08/2021. This means that he died at home or on his way to the hospital. He was not vaccinated.

“The tenth COVID-19 death to report is a 37-year-old woman from Nadi. She presented to Nadi hospital in severe respiratory distress. She was reported to have had symptoms of cough and shortness of breath for 5 days, and she had recently given birth. A medical team retrieved her and brought her to the Lautoka Hospital. She died five days after admission to the hospital on 07/08/2021. She was not vaccinated.

“The eleventh COVID-19 death to report is a 48-year-old man from Lautoka. He presented to the Lautoka Hospital in severe respiratory distress. He died two days after admission on 08/08/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The twelfth COVID-19 death to report is a 60-year-old woman from Dawasamu. She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. She died on the same day at the medical facility (06/08/2021). She was not vaccinated.

The thirteenth COVID-19 death to report is a 63-year-old man from Nakasi who died at home on 07/08/2021. He was not vaccinated.
“The fourteenth COVID-19 death to report is a 70-year-old woman from Nakasi. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. She died 5 days after admission on 08/08/2021. She was not vaccinated.

“The fifteenth COVID-19 death to report is a 68-year-old man from Nasinu who died at home on 09/08/2021. He was not vaccinated.

“The sixteenth COVID-19 death to report is a 72-year-old woman from Nausori who died at home on 07/08/2021. She was not vaccinated.

“The seventeenth COVID-19 death to report is an 88-year-old woman from Naitasiri who died at home on 08/08/2021. She was not vaccinated.

“The eighteenth COVID-19 death to report is an 81-year-old woman from Naitasiri who died at home on 08/08/2021. She was not vaccinated,” said Dr Fong.

He said there have been 10 more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients.

“However, these 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 317 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 315 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 168 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,” Dr Fong said.

He said there are currently 289 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospitals in Fiji.

“58 patients are admitted to the Lautoka Hospital, 68 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 163 were admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 66 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 6 are in critical condition,” he said.

Dr Fong said the 7-day daily test average is 2795 tests per day or 3.2 tests per 1,000 population.

“The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 34.1 %.

“The 7-day average of new cases per day is 867 cases per day or 980 cases per million population per day.

“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 West with evidence of widespread community transmission in that division. We are also recording increasing numbers of people with severe disease and deaths in the West,” he said.

As of 08 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.

SOURCE: PACNEWS