FULL STORY: 6 month old baby among the 8 new COVID-19 deaths bringing the total number of deaths in this third wave to 113
Dr Fong says while COVID-19 is and will be endemic it is not mild to vulnerable groups

FULL STORY: 6 month old baby among the 8 new COVID-19 deaths bringing the total number of deaths in this third wave to 113

Dr Fong says while COVID-19 is and will be endemic it is not mild to vulnerable groups

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 03/02/2022
Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong.

A 6 month old baby from the Central Division has passed away due to COVID-19.

The Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says her medical records reflected that she had a congenital medical condition that contributed to the severity of her illness and death on Monday.

Dr Fong says she was not vaccinated as she did not belong to the eligible population for vaccination.

7 other deaths from the Central Division were confirmed overnight.

5 people were fully vaccinated.

This brings the number of deaths in the third wave to 113.

The first COVID-19 death is of a 72-year old woman from the Central Division, who died on 20th January. She was fully vaccinated.

The second COVID-19 death is of a 39-year old woman, who died at home on 23rd January. She was fully vaccinated.

The third COVID-19 death is of a 41-year old woman who was admitted at the CWM hospital on 10th January. She had significant pre-existing medical conditions which contributed to the severity of her illness. She passed away on 27th January. She was fully vaccinated.

The fourth COVID-19 death is of a 71-year old man from the Central Division, who was admitted at the CWM hospital on 13th January. He had pre-existing medical conditions and passed away on 27th January. He was not vaccinated.

The fifth COVID-19 death is of a 75-year old woman who passed away on 29th January. She was fully vaccinated.

The sixth COVID-19 death is of a 64-year old man who died at home on 30th January. He was fully vaccinated.

The seventh COVID-19 death is of a 66-year old man who died at home on 1st February. He was not vaccinated.

Dr Fong says we protect ourselves to protect the vulnerable and while COVID-19 is and will be endemic it is not mild to vulnerable groups and they will continue to need our protection.

He further says the deaths announced last night remain a sad reminder of the fact that, while transmission indicators are on a decline, and the majority of people infected are able to recover with no significant long-term effects, the vulnerable and more dependent members of our population will carry the weight of severe outcomes.

Meanwhile, Fiji has recorded 95 new cases of which 83 new cases were recorded on Tuesday and 12 new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 8am yesterday morning.


76,410 individuals have so far received booster doses

By Naveel Krishant
Thursday 03/02/2022
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76,410 individuals have so far received booster doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong says for the month of February, a further 175,558 people have become eligible for booster doses.

Dr Fong says they received the first batch of Pfizer vaccines which will be handed over to the Ministry today.

This will be used for booster doses and as a vaccine for children.

He adds vaccination of children under 12 years remains part of ongoing discussions as sourcing vaccines remains difficult.

FULL STORY HERE






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