Fiji records 240 new cases of COVID-19, Baby among three deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 240 new cases of COVID-19 and three new deaths Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases in the island nation to 48,323 and 526 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 49 cases are from the Western division, 32 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and 159 cases are from the Eastern division on the island of Kadavu.

“There are 159 new COVID-19 positive cases in Kadavu and four new cases in Malolo Island. All these individuals have been isolated.

“There have been 747 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 13,597 active cases. 2,516 active cases are in the Central Division, 10,793 active cases in the Western Division, 4 active cases in the Northern Division (Macuata) and 284 active cases in the Eastern Division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 48,323 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 48,393 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 33,915 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are three new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 30 August – 07 September 2021. All three deaths were reported from the Central division, including a four month old infant in Suva.

“There have been 8 more deaths of 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 528 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 526 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 03 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 353 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 169 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“80 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, 12 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 77 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

“20 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 7 are in critical condition,” Dr Fong said.

“The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 17.2 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission,” Dr Fong said.

As of 07 September 568,676 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 308,258 have received their second doses.

“This means that 96.9 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 52.9 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.

SOURCE: PACNEWS