Fiji records 52 new cases of COVID-19, two new deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 52 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases to 50,737 and 590 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 17 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 13,045 active cases.

“There have been 50,737 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 50,807 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 36,724 recoveries.” he said.

Dr Fong said two new COVID-19 deaths reported on 29 July 2021. Both COVID-19 deaths were reported from the Central division.

He said the two deaths reported Monday due to the delay in the issuance of the official death certificates.

“There have been 10 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 592 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 590 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 22 September, the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 0.2. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is 0.1 and 0.1 in the Western division.

“We have also recorded 446 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 88 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“41 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital and 47 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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