Fiji records 118 new cases of COVID-19


Fiji has recorded 118 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, increasing the total number of cases to 50,128 and 574 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 113 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,948 active cases.

“There have been 50,128 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 50,198 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 36,258 recoveries,” Dr Fong said.

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

“There have been four 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 a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 576 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 574 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 16 September, the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 1.0. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is 0.4 and 0.6 in the Western division.

“We have also recorded 416 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.

Dr Fong said there are currently 114 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“34 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital and 80 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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

The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 10.8 percent, which is on a downward trend, but it still is indicating a high level of community transmission, he said.

Dr Fong said the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has completed its review of the adult target population for vaccination and updated the target population coverage accordingly.

“Therefore, to date, a total of 588,599 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 398,077 have received their second doses.

“Based on our updated denominator for vaccine-eligible adults, the revised coverage rates are 95.2 percent for one dose and 64.4 percent for the two-dose coverage,” Dr Fong said.