Fiji records 184 new cases of COVID-19, 10 new deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 184 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths reported Monday, increasing the total number of cases in the island nation to 46,141 and 487 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 133 cases are from the Western division, 40 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and 11 cases are from the Eastern division on the island of Kadavu.

“There are 11 new COVID-19 positive cases in Kadavu. This means there are now 175 active cases of COVID-19 in Kadavu. All these individuals have been isolated.

“There have been no new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 19,463 active cases. 9,058 active cases are in the Central Division, 10,225 active cases in the Western Division, 5 active cases in the Northern Division (Nabouwalu and Macuata) and 175 active cases in the Eastern Division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 46,141 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 46,211 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 25,951 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said the 10 new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period from 26 – 30 August 2021.

Seven deaths were reported from the Western division and three deaths were reported from the Central division.

“There have now been 489 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 487 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 25 August, the national 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 6. The 7-day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is two and in the Western Division is four.

“We also have recorded 307 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,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are currently 244 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“113 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, 22 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 109 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

“19 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 13 are in critical condition,” said Dr Fong.

He said a total of 330,576 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 373,437 tested since testing began in March 2020.

“The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 20.9 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission,” said Dr Fong.

As of the 29 August, 558,944 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 266,608 have received their second doses.

“This means that 95.3 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 45.4 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” Dr Fong said.