Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong confirms that there are 506 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 COVID death for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am yesterday.
Doctor Fong says the COVID-19 death is a 55-year-old woman from Nabua.
A Ministry response team attended to her at a medical facility and transferred her to the CWM Hospital after she reported having severe symptoms of COVID-19.
Her condition worsened in hospital and she died 2 days after admission. She was not vaccinated.
There have been two more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients.
However, their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors.
Doctors have determined that their deaths were caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions.
There have now been 52 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 50 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.
They have also recorded 21 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths.
1 death of a COVID-19 positive patient remains under investigation.
There have been 179 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 8,256 active cases.
There have been 9,957 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.
Fiji recorded a total of 10,027 cases since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 1,697 recoveries.
A full breakdown of areas of interest will be published online tonight on the Ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard.
You can check out the link on our website, fijivillage.
192,536 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 235,397 tested since testing began in early 2020.
The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 16.8 percent and continues on an upward trend.
349,396 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine while 65,618 people have received their second doses.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says this means that 59.6 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 11.2 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide.
The 7-day average of new cases per day has increased to 627 cases per day or 708 cases per million population per day.
Doctor Fong says with the daily increases in cases, they are also seeing increasing cases of severe COVID-19 and increasing deaths.
He says getting fully vaccinated, with 2 doses of the vaccine, will decrease your risk of getting infected with the virus.
Doctor Fong says most importantly, getting fully vaccinated will significantly reduce your risk of getting severe COVID-19, even if you do get infected.
He says none of the people who have died from COVID-19 in Fiji have been fully vaccinated and we know from data from the United Kingdom that the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization from the Delta variant by 92 percent.
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