Fiji records 128 new cases of COVID-19, 12 new deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 128 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 47,923 and 518 deaths since the outbreak in April this year.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 78 cases are from the Western division, 45 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and five cases are from the Eastern division on the island of Kadavu.

“There are five new COVID-19 positive cases in Kadavu and one new COVID-19 positive case in Naviti, Yasawa Islands. All these individuals have been isolated.

“There have been 1,687 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 14,404 active cases. 3,399 active cases are in the Central division, 10,689 active cases in the Western division, four active cases in the Northern division (Macuata) and 312 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 47,923 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 47,993 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 32,728 recoveries,” Dr Fong said.

He said there are 12 new COVID deaths reported for the period of 27July- 05 September 2021.

Four deaths were reported from the Western division and eight deaths were reported from the Central division.

He said three deaths are reported for the month of July as the formal issuance of the death certificates was delayed.

“There have been 19 deaths of a COVID-19 positive patients. However, these deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. The doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 520 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 518 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 01 September, the national seven- day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is four. The seven-day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is one and in the Western division is three.

“We also have recorded 338 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.

Dr Fong said there are currently 195 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“82 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, 14 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 99 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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

He said the national seven-day average daily test positivity is 18.7 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission.

As of 04 September, 566,210 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 299,943 have received their second doses.

“This means that 96.5 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 51.1 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.