404 new cases including two in Vanua Levu quarantine facility

Five new deaths (one COVID-confirmed, three under investigation and one due to prior illness) were reported in Fiji today along with 404 new coronavirus infections, two of which detected in one of the quarantine facilities set up in Macuata, Vanua Levu.

The two cases at the Fiji Forest Industries (FFI) quarters in Malau are returnees from the Central Division observing their 14-day quarantine as part of containment area to non-containment area domestic repatriation protocols.

The lone confirmed COVID-19 death involved a 72-year-old woman from Kinoya who was seen at the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress. Health officials say the woman had been sick at home with cough, fever and shortness of breath for at least five days before she was seen at the FEMAT facility.

“She died at the hospital the same day. She was not vaccinated.”

Her death brings to 23 the number of people who have died due to COVID-19 in the current outbreak and a cumulative total of 25 since March 2020. Fiji has also recorded 12 COVID-19 positive patients who died from pre-existing conditions.

Fifty-two reportedly recovered overnight which means that there are now 4,243 active cases in isolation. There have been 5183 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021, and a cumulative total of 5253 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.

The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 9.5%. To date, 309,293 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 49,876 have received their second doses. The 7-day average of new cases per day has increased to 313 cases per day or 336 cases per million population per day.

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