59.6% of Fiji’’s target population are now fully vaccinated.
It was earlier announced by the government that the curfew would move from 9pm to 4am and the containment areas in Viti Levu would be lifted when 60% of Fiji’s target population is fully vaccinated.
Permanent Secretary for Health Doctor James Fong says as of 13th September, 573,247 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 350,007 have received their second doses.
This means that 97.3% of the target population have received at least one dose and 59.6% are now fully vaccinated nationwide.
Doctor Fong says as the second dose coverage increases, it is expected that internal borders within Viti Levu will be lifted soon.
He stresses that unfortunately, villages and settlements in our rural areas continue to record low vaccination coverage.
Doctor Fong adds as such the public needs to remain cautious about how they engage in the greater freedom of movement that they will be enjoying.
He says whilst they understand that increased public movement is needed to facilitate livelihood and to get more families together they will be outlining further measures to reduce the risk that travelers will place on these villages and communities.
There are 131 new cases of COVID-19 and one new COVID-19 death.
The one death reported is from the Central Division.
He is a 63-year-old man who presented to the Navua Hospital in severe respiratory distress and died on the same day on Sunday.
He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in mid-August.
This man did not receive the second dose of the vaccine which means that he was not fully vaccinated.
63 of the new cases are from the Western Division, 66 new cases are from the Central Division and 2 new cases are from the Eastern Division.
There are now 12,951 active cases.
1,480 active cases are in the Central Division, 11,164 active cases in the Western Division, 2 active cases in the Northern Division (Macuata), and 305 active cases in the Eastern Division (all in Kadavu).
There have been 49,174 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.
Fiji has recorded a total of 49,244 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.
There have now been 539 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 537 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.
Fiji has also recorded 366 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.
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26 new COVID-19 cases have been reported on Waya Island in Yasawa while Beqa Island has recorded 10 new cases in the last 24 hours.
There are now 58 cases in total on Beqa.
Permanent Secretary for Health, Doctor James Fong says positive cases on Waya Island are spread over the six villages on the island.
25 cases remain active and under home isolation in their villages with a daily assessment conducted by the Yalobi nursing station health team.
Meanwhile, one new case has been recorded on Kadavu Island in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 474.
12 patients are currently admitted at Vunisea hospital, 5 are COVID positive and currently in stable condition while 7 are negative for COVID-19.
23 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on Nacula Island where the cases are split between the two villages of Nacula and Naisisili.
The positive cases are under isolation in their respective villages and monitored daily by the health team from Nacula Health Center.
No new cases have been reported for Malolo and Naviti Island in the last 24 hours.
Of the total 56 cases diagnosed to date on Malolo, 30 people have recovered and 26 active cases remain.
There are 142 active cases on Naviti Island. The island has had a total of 146 cases so far.
All islands remain under strict movement restrictions.
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