Fiji records new high as teen becomes country’s youngest COVID-19 death

A 15-year-old girl who was declared dead upon arrival at a health centre in Suva last week is Fiji’s youngest COVID-19 death, health officials say as new case numbers today hit a new daily high with 873 coronavirus infections

The death of the teenager from Colo-i-Suva, one of three COVID19 deaths also reported today, was announced three days ago but officials needed time to determine her cause of death. According to the Ministry of Health, the 15-year-old had been feeling unwell for two days and was showing COVID-like symptoms.

Two other women also died – one aged 56 years from Vatuwaqa who died at home after being unwell for a week and had only received the first dose of the vaccine early this month. The other victim, aged 87 years from Nasinu, died two days after her admission at the FEMAT Hospital. She had not been vaccinated.

The three confirmed deaths bring to 56 the number of COVID19 deaths since the outbreak started in April and a cumulative total of 58 since the first case in 2020.

Five other COVID-19 patients also died, but theirs have been classified as non-COVID deaths but rather “caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions”. The number of people who have died in similar circumstances during the outbreak now stands at 26.

There have been 1,991 recoveries after 132 more patients reportedly recovered overnight. There are currently 9,310 active cases. There have been 11,315 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021, and a total of 11,385 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.

As of 11 July, 353,355 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 66,643 have received their second doses.

The 7-day average of new cases per day is 696 cases per day or 787 cases per million population per day.

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