COVID-19 Fiji: 4-month-old baby is country’s youngest coronavirus victim

Fiji reported three new deaths overnight, among them, a four-month-old boy who had died this week becoming Fiji’s youngest COVID-19 victim, and the third baby aged under one to have died from coronavirus in the country.

Permanent Secretary Health Dr James Fong said the infant was presented to a health centre in Suva in mild respiratory distress on 1 September where he was assessed, stabilised before being transferred to the CWM Hospital where he tested positive. He died five days later.

“His mother reported that he had a cough and was noted to be irritable two days prior to their presentation on 30 August and developed a fever on the night prior to his presentation on 31 August. He died on Monday, 6 September.

There have been two other infant deaths – an 11-month-old who died in July, and a six-month-old baby late last month.

The other two deaths, both males in Naitasiri and partially vaccinated. The first, aged 66 years died at home two days ago. The other, aged 76 years died at Vunidawa Hospital on 30 August.

There have now been 528 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 526 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

As of 3 September, the national 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is four. The 7-day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the central division is one and in the western division, three.

There have also been 353 other deaths involving COVID-19 positive patients whose deaths have been attributed to other causes.

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