39 new cases of COVID-19 have been announced and 7 of these cases are under investigation.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says 4 cases are under investigation in Lami, 1 case in Toorak, 1 case in Nasinu and 1 case from Reservoir Road.
32 of the new cases are linked to existing clusters.
6 cases are from the Nawaka, Nadi cluster, another 11 cases are from the CWM Hospital cluster, 5 cases from the Nasinu Police Barracks cluster, 3 from FICAC cluster, 2 from the Navy cluster, 2 from the Waila cluster, 1 from the Incident Management Team, 1 from the Naitasiri cluster and 1 from the Caubati cluster.
Doctor Fong says the current outbreak remains primarily centred within the Lami-Suva-Nausori Containment Zone.
He says their mitigation strategy announced yesterday is targeted at isolating cases, treating patients who develop severe cases of the disease, and ensuring that vaccines continue to be administered to the public.
Doctor Fong says in the near term, they are concerned that Lami may see increasing number of cases.
They also anticipate more cases from the cluster at the Police Barracks in Nasinu.
The stationary and mobile screening teams are tracing and testing known contacts and are isolating positive patients to prevent the further spread of the virus.
7 patients have recovered, which means there are now 656 active cases in isolation. There have been 849 cases during the current outbreak that started in April 2021.
Fiji has recorded a total of 919 cases since the first case was reported in March 2020.
There have been 256 recoveries and 4 deaths due to COVID-19.
3 COVID-19 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses.
Meanwhile 228,030 people in Fiji have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
A total of 97,094 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 139,955 tested since testing began in early 2020.
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