Fiji records 58 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths reported


Fiji has recorded 58 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths Thursday increasing the total number of cases to 51,316 and 647 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 24 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 2,895 active cases.

“There have been 51,316 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021,” said Dr Fong

He said two new COVID-19 deaths reported for the period of 15July – 01 October 2021. Both of the COVID-19 deaths have been reported from the Central Division.

He said one death is reported from July due to a delay in the issuance of the official death certificate.

“There has been one more death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, this death has been classified as non-COVID death by the doctors. The doctors have determined that this death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 649 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 647 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 02 October, the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 1.3. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central Division is 0.7 and 0.6 in the Western Division.

“We have also recorded 527 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 63 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital.

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

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

The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 5.2 percent, which is on a downward trend, but it still is indicating a high level of community transmission, he said.

A total of 594,542 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 484,195 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 96.2 percent for adults who have received at least one dose, and 78.3 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

“As for children, 23,029 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 05/10/2021. 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.