Fiji records 197 new cases of COVID-19, four deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 197 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths Thursday, increasing the total number of cases to 49,517 and 542 deaths since the outbreak that started in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 93 cases are from the Western division, 98 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and six cases are from the Eastern diivision.

“There have been 81 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,978 active cases. 1,343 active cases are in the Central Division, 11,314 active cases in the Western division, one active case in the Northern division (Macuata), and 320 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

There have been 49,517 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 49,587 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 35,686 recoveries,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are four COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 08- 16 July 2021. All four deaths were reported from the Central division.

“There have been five 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 544 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 542 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 11 September, the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 1.3. The seve day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is one and in the Western division is 0.3.

“We also have recorded 379 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 124 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“37 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, four patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 83 are 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 352,643 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 395,504 tested since testing began in March 2020.

“The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 12.4 percent, which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission,” he said.

To date, 580,504 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 372,434 have received their second doses.

“This means that 97.7 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 63.5 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.