Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says they have 4 COVID-19 deaths to report for the period from 21st July- 18th August 2021.
Dr Fong says all four COVID-19 deaths reported are from the Central Division.
He further says these deaths are being reported today due to the delay in the issuance of the official death certificates.
The first COVID-19 death is a 72-year-old man from Suva who died at home on 18th August. He was not vaccinated.
The second COVID-19 death is a 68-year-old woman from Suva who died at home on 7th August. She was not vaccinated.
The third COVID-19 death is an 84-year-old man from Suva who died at home on 21st July. He was not vaccinated.
The fourth COVID-19 death is an 82-year-old woman from Suva who died at home on 22nd July. She was not vaccinated.
Dr Fong says there have been 6 deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, these deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. The doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.
There have now been 583 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 581 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.
Fiji has 177 new cases of COVID-19 to report for the 24 hour period that ended at 8 am today.
Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says they have two new border quarantine cases to announce today.
The first case is a 20-year-old man from Nadi and the second case is a 22-year-old man from Lautoka.
Dr Fong says they both arrived in Fiji on the 19th of September at the Lautoka Seaport in a vessel that visited several other seaports.
He adds although both individuals reported to have not disembarked the vessel at any of these ports due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, crew change over at one port is the possible source of infection transmission.
Dr Fong further says the Fiji Border Health Protection Unit is currently investigating this.
He also says they have been retrieved as per protocol and transferred to their managed isolation facilities adding that both individuals were noted to be symptomatic for COVID-19 but are currently stable.
Dr Fong adds as per protocol, the disinfection process of rooms and linen has been completed by the onsite health quarantine officer and all frontline workers who were in contact with these two individuals have been included on the routine weekly swabbing schedule and the front-liner surveillance schedule.
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95.4% adults have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 66.8% are now fully vaccinated nationwide.
Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says as of the 22nd of September, 589,830 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 412,897 have received their second doses.
He says as for children, 11,409 children in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine as of the 22nd of September.
Dr Fong adds they will be tracking their vaccine coverage rates once they have firmed up their 15 to the 17-year-old denominator.
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