There are five new COVID-19 deaths bringing the total number of COVID-19 deaths recorded since confirmation of the third wave to seventeen. Three of five new deaths were people that were fully vaccinated.
One man was not vaccinated while another had received only one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong says the first COVID-19 death is a 63-year old woman from Tagitagi, who died on arrival at Tavua Hospital on the 6th of this month.
He adds this woman had significant pre-existing medical conditions which contributed to her death.
Doctor Fong says this woman was fully vaccinated.
He adds the second COVID -19 death is a 75-year-old man from Nausori who died at home on the 6th of this month. He was not vaccinated.
Doctor Fong further says the third COVID-19 death is a 66-year old man from Suva who died at home on the 7th of this month. He received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of July. He had only received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He says the fourth COVID-19 death is a 52-year-old man from Rewa, who died at home on the 8th of this month. He had a pre-existing medical condition and was fully vaccinated.
The fifth COVID-19 death is a 73-year-old man from Suva who died at home on the 9th of this month. He had multiple pre-existing medical conditions and was fully vaccinated.
461 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded by the Health Ministry since Saturday.
368 of these new cases were recorded on Sunday and 93 in the last 24 hours ending at 8am yesterday.
Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong says the drop in positive cases reported in the last 24 hours is likely due to a decrease in people being tested at health facilities due to adverse weather conditions.
The test positivity rate is 39.7%.
There are 163 people admitted in the hospital with COVID-19 but none are in severe or critical condition.
The largest number of people admitted is in the Central Division with 106, 21 in the Western Division and 36 in the Northern Division.
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