Fiji records 72 new cases of COVID-19


Fiji has recorded 72 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases to 50,200 and 577 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 32 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,982 active cases.

“There have been 50,200 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 50,270 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 36,290 recoveries,” he said.

Dr Fong said no new COVID-19 deaths reported on Wednesday.

“There have been three 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.

“We have an additional three COVID-19 deaths to report for the period of 15th July 2021- 16th July 2021. All three deaths were reported from the Central division.

“There have now been 579 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 577 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this of 17 September, the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 0.7. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is 0.3 and 0.4 in the Western division.

“We have also recorded 419 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 108 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“40 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital and 68 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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

Following the mop-up vaccination programme for the first dose, and the review of the target population, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has updated its total target population of adults aged 18 and over for the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

“The new target population of adults aged 18 years and over is 618,173.

“Therefore, as of Tuesday, a total of 589,301 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 405,839 have received their second doses. Based on our updated total population of 618,173 people aged 18 and over (adults), the revised vaccination coverage rates are 95.3 percent for one dose and 65.7 percent for the two-dose coverage,” said Dr Fong.