Fiji records 127 new cases of COVID-19, three deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 127 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 49,043 and 536 deaths since the outbreak that started in April.

Permanent secretary for Health,Dr James Fong said 83 cases are from the Western division, 36 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and eight cases are from the Eastern division.

“There have been 12 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,925 active cases. 1,503 active cases are in the Central division, 11,117 active cases in the Western division, two active cases in the Northern division (Macuata) and 303 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 49,043 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.We have recorded a total of 49,113 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 35,284 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are three new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 10-12 September 2021. Two deaths were reported for the Central division and one death was reported from the Western division.

“There has been one more death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, this death has been classified as a non-COVID death by their doctors. The doctors have determined that this death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 538 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 536 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 08 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 366 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,” Dr Fong explained.

He said there are currently 117 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“44 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, eight patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 65 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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

The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 16.5 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission, he said.

As of 12 September, 569,958 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 342,191 have received their second doses.

“This means that 97.2 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 58.3 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.