Fiji records 179 new cases of COVID-19, five new deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 179 new cases of COVID-19 and five new deaths Thursday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 48,502 and 531 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 87 cases are from the Western division, 90 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu. Fiji’s main island , one case is from the Eastern division and one case is from the Northern division in Vanualevu.

“There have been 403 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 13,362 active cases. 2,272 active cases are in the Central division, 10,800 active cases in the Western division, five active cases in the Northern division (Macuata) and 285 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 48,502 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 48,572 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 34,318 recoveries,” he said.

Dr Fong said the five new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 16 July – 08 September 2021.

One death was reported from the Western division and fourth deaths were reported from the Central division.

He said one death was reported for the month of July, due to the delay in the issuance of the official death certificate.

“There have been six 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 533 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 531 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 04 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 359 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 154 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“71 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, 13 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 70 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

“12 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and five are in critical condition,” said Dr Fong

The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 17.6 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission, he said.

As of 08 September, 567,751 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 320,520 have received their second doses.

“This means that 96.8 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 54.6 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.

SOURCE: PACNEWS