Fiji records 590 new cases of COVID-19, 11 new deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 590 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths Tuesday, increasing the total number of cases to 41,107 and 403 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 420 cases are from the Western division and 170 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

“There have been 1,304 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 21,754 active cases. 14,554 active cases are in the Central division, 7,199 active cases in the Western division and one 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 41,107 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 41,177 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 18,795 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said the 11 new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 13 – 15 August. Five deaths were reported from the Central division and six deaths were reported from the Western division.

“There have now been 405 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 403 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The national 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 9. The 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths in the Central Division is 4 and in the Western Division is 5.

“We also have recorded 223 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 320 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital in Fiji.

“15 patients are admitted to the Lautoka Hospital, 43 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 162 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

“Nine patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 13 are in critical condition.

“The 7-day daily test average is 1507 tests per day or 1.7 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 32.8 percent,” Dr Fong explained.

As of 16 August 536,123 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 216,012 have received their second doses.

“This means that 91.4% of the target population have received at least one dose and 36.8% are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.