Fiji records 36 new cases of COVID-19

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Fiji has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19 Monday, increasing the total number of cases to 51, 465 and 651 deaths since the outbreak in April this year.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 72 percent of the new cases are from the Western division, while 28 percent of the new cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island.

“Overall, there have been 51, 465 cases recorded, with 71 percent of the cases from the Central division, 27 percent of the cases from the Western Division, and two percent of the cases from the Eastern and Northern division. Our national seven- day rolling average is 54 daily cases calculated for 7th October 2021,” Dr Fong said.

Dr Fong said no new COVID-19 deaths reported for Monday.

“There has been one death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, this death has been classified as a non-COVID-19 death by the doctors as the patient died of a serious pre-existing medical condition.

“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. As of 08 October , the national seven days rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 0.1. The seven days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central Division is 0.1 and 0.0 in the Western Division.

“We have also recorded 534 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,” Dr Fong explained.

Dr Fong said indications from the maritime islands that were affected by COVID-19 is that the situation is now under control.

“The Lautoka/ Yasawa community engagement initiative continues for another 10 days with civil servants from different Ministries helping to facilitate containment and vaccination efforts. The Ministry is currently surveying other maritime communities and islands close to those maritime islands that are reporting cases of COVID-19. So far we have no report of outbreaks in other islands,” 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,” Dr Fong said.

SOURCE: PACNEWS