Fiji has recorded 16 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday, increasing the total number of cases to 51,429 and 651 deaths since the outbreak in April.
Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said there have been 62 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 2,636 active cases.
“There have been 51,429 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 51,499 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 47,677 recoveries,” Dr Fong said.
He said there have been three deaths of COVID-19 positive patients.
“However, these deaths have been classified as Non-COVID-19 deaths by the doctors. The doctors have determined that these deaths have been caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.
“There have been 653 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 651 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. Aas of 07 October , the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 0.8. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is 0.7 and 0.1 in the Western division.
“We have also recorded 533 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” he said.
Dr Fong said there are currently 48 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals in Fiji.
“29 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital and 19 are admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. Three patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three are in critical condition,” he said.
The national seven-day average daily test positivity is 4.4 percent, which is on a downward trend, and below the WHO recommendation of five percent, he said.
A total of 594,872 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 496,091 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 80.3 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide.
“As for children, 25,457 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of 09/10/2021. 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.