Fiji recorded 128 new cases of COVID-19


Fiji has recorded 128 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, increasing the total number of cases in the island nation to 48,916 and 533 deaths since the outbreak that started in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 90 cases are from the Western division and 38 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

“There have been 173 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,814 active cases. 1,474 active cases are in the Central division, 11,043 active cases in the Western division, two active cases in the Northern division (Macuata) and 295 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 48,916 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 48,986 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 35,272 recoveries,” Dr Fong explained.

He said there have been two 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 535 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 533 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 07 September the national seven day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is two. The seven-day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is one and in the Western division is one.

“We also have recorded 365 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 127 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“50 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, eight patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 69 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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

The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 16.3 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission, he said.

As of 11 September, 569,931 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 341,679 have received their second doses.

“This means that 97.1 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 58.2 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide, Dr Fong said.