Fiji records 350 new cases of COVID 19 and 23 new deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 350 new cases of COVID 19 and 23 new deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases to 40,517 and 392 deaths since the outbreak in the Pacific nation in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 242 cases are from the Western division and 108 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

He said there have been 1,650 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 22,494 active cases.

“15,692 active cases are in the Central Division, 6,801 active cases in the Western Division and 1 active case in the Northern Division. We are currently reviewing and reconciling our active case database with recoveries and as a result, we expect the recovery numbers to increase in the coming weeks.

“There have been 40,517 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 40,587 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 17,491 recoveries,” Dr Fong said.

He said the 23 new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 11 – 15 August. 20 deaths were reported from the Western division and 3 deaths were reported from the Central division.

He said there have now been 394 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 392 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

“The national seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is eight. The seven-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths in the Central Division is five and in the Western Division is three.

“We also have recorded 208 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 309 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“118 patients are admitted to the Lautoka Hospital, 49 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 142 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 38 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 15 are in critical condition.

“The seven-day daily test average is 1538 tests per day or 1.7 tests per 1,000 population. The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 29.1 percent,” explained Dr Fong.

As of 15 August 533,705 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 211,496 have received their second doses.

“This means that 91% of the target population have received at least one dose and 36.1% are now fully vaccinated nationwide. We are currently doing a mop up exercise of our first dose campaign, which will allow us to specifically target specific communities with low coverage, and subsequently also correct and update the total eligible population for our current vaccination programme,” said Dr Fong.