Fiji records 591 new cases of COVID-19, six deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 591 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 44,118 and 442 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 498 cases are from the Western division, 89 cases are from the Central division and four cases are from the Eastern Division (Kadavu).

He said the four new cases in Kadavu are from Namalata Village.

“There have been 616 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 19,062 active cases. 9723 active cases are in the Central Division, 9203 active cases in the Western Division, 1 active case in the Northern Division (Nabouwalu) and 135 active cases in the Eastern Division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 44,118 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 44,188 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 24,425 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said the six new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 16 – 22 August. Three deaths were reported from the Central division and three deaths were reported from the Western division.

“There have been four 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 444 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 442 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 18 August, the national 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 8. The 7-day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is 2 and in the Western division is six.

“We also have recorded 257 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 279 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“110 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, 39 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 130 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 26 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 14 are in critical condition.

The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 31.5 percent,” he said.

As of the 21 August, 543,254 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 234,905 have received their second doses.

“This means that 92.6 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 40 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.