1,121 new cases and six new COVID-19 deaths

Fiji recorded 1,121 new cases of COVID-19 and six new deaths as of 8 am yesterday of which 241 are from the Western Division and 880 cases are from the Central Division.

There have been 510 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 21,707 active cases. 18,572 active cases are in the Central Division and 3,135 in the West.

All cases that were recorded in the Northern and Eastern Divisions (cases that were imported from Viti Levu) have recovered and there are no active cases currently in those divisions. 

There have been 29,711 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021, and a total of 29,781 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 7,705 recoveries.

Six new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 29-30 July

  • 79-year-old man, Caubati.
    • Died at home on 29 July.
    • He was not vaccinated. 
  • 65-year-old woman, Nasinu.
    • Declared dead on arrival on 29 July by the attending medical officer at the CWMH Hospital Emergency Department.
    • She was not vaccinated.
  • 58-year-old man, Nausori.
    • He presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress.
    • A medical team retrieved him from the medical facility and brought him to CWM hospital.
    • His condition worsened in the hospital and he died on the same day on 30 July.
    • He was not vaccinated.
  • 71-year-old woman, Nabua
    • Died at home on 30 July.
    • She was not vaccinated.
  • 51-year-old man, Suva
    • Died at home on 30 July
    • He was not vaccinated.
  • 89-year-old man, Tailevu.
    • Presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress.
    • A medical team retrieved him from the medical facility and brought him to the CWM Hospital.
    • His condition worsened in the hospital and he died 10 days after admission on 30 July
    • He was not vaccinated.

There have been seven more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors.

There have now been 238 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 236 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 8.  There have also been 130 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. 

There are currently 294 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital. 28 patients are admitted to Lautoka hospital. In Suva, 81 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 185 were admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 56 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 11 are in critical condition. 

Screening Update
A total of 6,289 individuals were screened and 655 swabbed at our stationary screening clinics in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 390,489 individuals screened and 71,399 swabbed to date. As of 30 July, our mobile screening teams screened a total of 3,603 individuals and swabbed 400. This brings our cumulative total to 768,840 individuals screened and 68,012 swabbed by our mobile teams. 

Testing Update
A total of 270,052 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 312,913 tested since testing began in March 2020. 3170 tests have been reported for July 29th. Testing number data is pending for 1 laboratory for that date. Based on available data the national 7-day daily test average is 3172 tests per day or 3.6 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 30.9 %.  

Vaccination Update
As of 30 July, 482,175 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 140,184 have received their second doses. This means that 82.2% of the target population have received at least one dose and 23.9% are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

Epidemic Outlook
The 7-day average of new cases per day is 1038 cases per day or 1173 cases per million population per day. Daily cases numbers remain high, and daily test positivity remains high, indicating ongoing widespread community transmission in the Suva-Nausori containment zone. Cases are also increasing in the West with evidence of community transmission in that division. The Northern and Eastern Divisions currently have no active cases. 

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