Fiji records 131 new cases of COVID-19, one new death reported


Fiji has recorded 131 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death reported Tuesday, increasing the total number of cases to 49,174 and 537 deaths in the island nation since the outbreak that started in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 63 cases are from the Western division, 66 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and two cases are from the Eastern division.

“There have been 104 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,951 active cases. 1,480 active cases are in the Central division, 11,164 active cases in the Western division, two active cases in the Northern division (Macuata) and 305 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 49,174 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 49,244 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 35,388 recoveries.,” Dr Fong said

He said there is one new COVID-19 death reported was for the Central division.

“There have now been 539 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 537 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 09 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 110 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital.

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

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

A total of 349,731 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 392,592 tested since testing began in March 2020.

The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 16 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission, he said.

As of 13 September, 573,247 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 350,007 have received their second doses.

“This means that 97.3 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 59.6 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.