Fiji records 146 new cases of COVID-19, one death reported


Fiji has recorded 146 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death reported Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases to 49,320 and 538 deaths since the outbreak that started in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 69 cases are from the Western division, 68 cases are from the Central Division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and nine cases are from the Eastern division.

“There have been 217 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,870 active cases. 1,328 active cases are in the Central Division, 11,226 active cases in the Western Division, 2 active cases in the Northern Division (Macuata), and 314 active cases in the Eastern Division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 49,320 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 49,390 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 35,605 recoveries,” Dr Fong said.

He said there is one COVID-19 death reported from the Central division.

“There have been eight 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 serious pre-existing medical conditions and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 540 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 538 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 10 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 374 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 119 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

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

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

A total of 351,192 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 394,053 tested since testing began in March 2020.

“The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 12.6 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission,” said Dr Fong.

As of 14 September 577,005 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 363,420 have received their second doses.

“This means that 97.5percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 61.9 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

“Over the last two weeks, the team has been validating its data to ensure that the level of protection across Viti Levu is equitably distributed. We are currently validating areas of concern and we will be outlining further measures to reduce the risk that travellers will place on these areas of concern.

“We will also be reviewing other restrictions currently in place and a formal announcement will be made today on the lifting of borders and other measures.

Until this announcement is made all current measures remain in force,” said Dr Fong.