Fiji records 34 new cases of COVID-19, one death reported

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Fiji has recorded 34 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, increasing the total number of cases to 51,132 and 631 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 80 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,828 active cases.

“There have been 51,132 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 51,202 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 37,248 recoveries, he said.

Dr Fong said one new COVID-19 death was reported from the Central division.

“There have now been 633 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 631 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 28 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 0.1 and 0.6 in the Western division.

“We have also recorded 493 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,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are currently 71 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.

“32 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital and 39 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

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

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

“To date, 593,442 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 462,441 have received their second doses. Based on our updated total population of 618,173 people aged 18 years and over (adults), the vaccination coverage rates are 96 percent for adults who have received at least one dose, and 74.8 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-olds age group denominator,” said Dr Fong.

Vaccination of eligible children aged 15 to 17 years with the Moderna vaccine resumes today Monday 04 October 2021 throughout the country at designated vaccination sites for children.

“Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their children on the Vaccination Registration System (VRS) before the vaccination. Parental or guardian consent is mandatory before vaccination, and no vaccine will be administered to any child without the consent of the parent or guardian,” said Dr Fong

SOURCE: PACNEWS