COVID-19 Fiji: 127 new cases and three deaths

Fiji recorded 127 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am yesterday.

Of the new cases, 83 are from the western division, 36 cases are from the central division and eight cases are from the eastern division.

There have been 12 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 12,925 active cases. 1,503 active cases are in the central division, 11,117 active cases in the western division, 2 active cases in the northern division (Macuata) and 303 active cases in the eastern division (all in Kadavu).

There have been 49,043 cases during the outbreak that started in April and a total of 49,113 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.

Two deaths were reported for the central division and one death was reported from the western division.

The first COVID-19 death to report is a 60-year-old woman from Waya Island. She presented to the Yalobi Nursing Station in severe respiratory distress. Her family reported that she had a fever, sore throat and a cough one week prior to her presentation. She was retrieved by a medical team and transferred to the Lautoka Hospital. Sadly, she died on 12 September, five days after admission. She was not vaccinated.

The second COVID-19 death to report is an 81-year-old woman from Tailevu who died at home on 10 September. She was not vaccinated.

The third COVID-19 death to report is an 80-year-old man from Navua who died at home on 12 September. He was not vaccinated.

There has been one more death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, this death has been classified as a non-COVID death by their doctors. The doctors have determined that this death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

There have now been 538 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 536 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

As of 8 September, the national 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is two. The 7 day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central Division is 1 and in the Western Division is 1.

Fiji has 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.

There are currently 117 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital of which 44 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, eight patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 65 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi. 12 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three are in critical condition.

Vaccination Update
As of the 12 September, 569,958 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 342,191 have received their second doses. This means that 97.2% of the target population have received at least one dose and 58.3% are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

The 7-day average of new cases per day is 160 cases per day or 181 cases per million population per day.

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