Fiji has recorded 65 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 new deaths Tuesday, increasing the total number of cases in the island nation to 50,802 and 612 deaths since the outbreak in April.
Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 196 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,869 active cases.
“There have been 50,802 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 50,872 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 36,724 recoveries,” he said.
Dr Fong said 29 new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 06 July – 17 September. 28 COVID-19 deaths were reported from the Central division while one COVID-19 death was reported from the Western division.
“There have been 16 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 621 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 619 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 23 September, the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 0.4. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is 0.1 and 0.3 in the Western division.
“We have also recorded 462 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,” explained Dr Fong.
To date, 591,785 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 437,730 have received their second doses.
“Based on our updated total population of 618,173 people aged 18 years and over (adults), the revised vaccination coverage rates are 95.7 percent for adults who have received at least one dose, and 70.8 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide.
“As for children, 17,996 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 24/09/2021. We will be tracking our vaccine coverage rates once we have firmed up our 15 to 17-year-old denominator,” said Dr Fong.
Meanwhile, the curfew hours have been moved back an hour to begin from 10pm until 4am from tonight, Wed 29 September 2021.
This was confirmed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
“Well done, Fiji! With 70 percent of adults now fully vaccinated, the curfew hours will be 10pm – 4am.
“Remember, from 04 October, houses of worship and almost all workplaces can open at 70 percent capacity to double-dosed adults. So, if you have one jab, don’t skip your second!” Bainimarama tweeted.