Fiji’s death toll from coronavirus in the third wave has risen to 138, of which 83 percent of victims are people aged above 50, underlining the vulnerability of aged persons to severe COVID-19.
Last Friday, COVID-19 claimed another victim, an 87-year-old woman who died at her home in the central division last Friday. She was unvaccinated.
Of the 138 persons who have died due to COVID-19 in the third wave, 115 were aged 50 and above, prompting reminders from health authorities on the need for everyone to do their best in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in order to protect the vulnerable.
Her death brings to 61 the number of fatalities recorded in the central division in the current wave, however, the northern division with 28 fatalities has the highest rate of death based on population size.
Fiji’s third wave started between mid and late December last year.
Total COVID-19 deaths in Fiji since the country’s first case in March 2020 stand at 834 whilst deaths with COVID-19, increased to 897 after six more people died with the virus.