Increase in dead on arrival, death at home COVID-19 fatalities in Fiji

Fiji announced 1,043 new cases and 13 new COVID19 deaths, all from within the Lami-Suva-Nausori zone, of which six either died at home (DAH) or were declared dead on arrival (DOA) at a health facility while the others made it to a health facility alive only to succumb to the virus later the same day.

According to the Ministry of Health, five of the 13, the highest announced in a day, had received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, whilst the others were not vaccinated.

Seven other COVID-19 positive patients also died, but whose deaths were attributed to pre-existing medical issues and nine other deaths are still being investigated to determine the cause. These will be discussed once investigations (including test results) and classifications are complete, the ministry said of the nine under probe.

Fiji’s COVID-19 death toll has increased to 98, of which 96 during the outbreak that started in April this year. Over the same period, 41 other patients also died but were deemed non-COVID deaths as they were linked to serious medical conditions these patients had before they contracted the virus, the ministry said.

Total recoveries have risen to 3,765 after 388 patients reportedly recovered overnight, resulting in 13,610 active cases. The total number of cases recorded since the start of the outbreak stands at 17,444 and 17,514 since the first was reported in March 2020.

The country’s national 7-day average daily test positivity has also increased to 24%, nearly five times more WHO ‘safe’ transmission threshold. The 7-day average of new cases per day has also risen to 1000 cases per day or 1130 cases per million population per day.  Average daily case numbers are increasing, together with cases of severe disease and deaths. 

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    New COVID19 deaths’ detail:
  • 77-year-old woman from Narere.
    • She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress.
    • Her condition worsened at the medical facility and she died on the same day (14/07/2021).
    • Her family reported that she was unwell with COVID-19 symptoms two days before.
    • She was not vaccinated.
  • 49-year-old man from Vatuwaqa.
    • He presented to the CWM Hospital Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress.
    • His condition worsened in the hospital and he died on the same day (15/07/2021).
    • He received the 1st dose of the vaccine on14 June, and had not received the second dose.
  • 76-year-old man from Laucala Beach.
    • He was brought to the FEMAT field hospital and noted to be in severe respiratory distress.
    • His condition worsened in the FEMAT field hospital and he died on the same day (16/07/2021).
    • His family reported that he had been feeling unwell with a cough at home.
    • He received his first dose of the vaccine on 29 June and had not received the second dose of the vaccine.
  • 77-year-old woman from Toorak.
    • She presented to the CWM Hospital Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress.
    • Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died on the same day (17/07/2021).
    • She was not vaccinated.  
  • 65-year-old woman from Kinoya.
    • She presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress.
    • Her condition worsened in the FEMAT field hospital and she died on the same day (17/07/2021).
    • She received the first dose of the vaccine in early-June, and had not received the second.
  • 69-year-old woman from Samabula.
    • She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress.
    • She was retrieved by a medical team to the FEMAT field hospital.
    • Her condition worsened in the FEMAT field hospital and she died on the same day (17/07/2021).
    • She received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early-July and had not received the second dose of the vaccine.
  • 60-year-old woman from Nausori
    • She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress.
    • Her condition worsened at the medical facility and she died on the same day (17/07/2021).
    • She was not vaccinated.
  • 68-year-old man from Cunningham.
    • He was brought to the FEMAT field hospital on 16 July and declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer.
    • His family reported that he had been unwell, with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath for at least seven days at home.
    • He was not vaccinated.
  • 88-year-old woman from Nasinu
    • Died at home on 14 July 2021
    • She was not vaccinated. 
  • 63-year-old man from Valelevu
    • Died at home (15/07/2021).
    • His family reported that he had been unwell with COVID-19 symptoms (cough and shortness of breath).
    • He received the first dose of the vaccine in early-June.
  • 70-year-old woman from Toorak
    • Died at home on 15/07/2021.
    • She was not vaccinated. 
  • 86-year-old man from Valelevu
    • Died at home on 17/07/2021.
    • He was not vaccinated.
  • 84-year-old woman from Raiwaqa
    • Died at home on 17/07/2021.
    • She was not vaccinated.
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