Infections spread to Korovou as Fiji records new daily highest and fifth COVID19 death

Coronavirus infections have spread to new localities in Fiji, including Korovou in Tailevu, as the latest numbers reached a new high at 116, of which 102 were reported in the Lami-Nausori zone where the country’s fifth COVID19 death was also recorded.

Of the 116 cases, 93 have been linked to 15 existing clusters, an additional three identified as primary contacts of earlier cases but still to be classified into their clusters, whilst 13 others have yet to be linked and potentially represent new clusters. Furthermore, the particulars of seven others are being investigated including a new cluster in Korovou comprising four cases.

“Early investigations have revealed that 1 is a driver that was recruited into the Korovou COVID-19 response team. The other three cases are primary contacts of this driver – a relative and other members of the response team. Investigations are ongoing into how these cases contracted the virus, and the subdivisional medical team are working to contain this new cluster,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Also under investigation are three other cases swabbed at the Valelevu and Raiwaqa screening clinics.

At the CWM Hospital in Suva, Fiji recorded its fifth COVID19 death after a male patient died.

“The [73-year-old] patient had been admitted to the hospital for almost a month for a severe non-COVID related illness and tested positive 11 days ago. Whilst his prognosis was poor, this death has been classified as a COVID-19 death by the doctors treating him.”

The deceased is also the tenth person to have died in the current outbreak, but only the third whose death has been deemed COVID19 related as seven others were attributed to pre-existing illnesses. The seven also died at the CWM Hospital between 5 June and 13 June.

Meanwhile, in addition to the clusters and localities of cases announced today, the other parts of Fiji where known active cases reside are Naitasiri and Tavua.

Linked Cases:

  • Caubati: 7
  • Nasinu Police Barracks: 24
  • Navy: 3
  • CWMH: 14
  • Waila: 3
  • Sakoca: 5
  • Nawajikuma, Nawaka, Nadi: 2
  • Tramline, Nawaka, Nadi: 8
  • Muanikoso: 1
  • Reservoir Rd: 10
  • Navosai: 1
  • Nakasi: 1
  • Tacirua: 2
  • Grantham Rd: 2
  • Vunimono 10

Unlinked Cases

3 cases have been identified as primary contacts of earlier cases, and the respective response teams are determining the cluster link.

Mead Road (2), Nasese (1), Princess Rd (1), Vatuwaqa (1), Veisari, Lami (1), Tovata in Makoi (1), Wailoku (1), Koronivia (2), Vanuadina Village, Nausori (1), Naduru, Nausori (1), Nausori Town (1)

Cases under investigation

3 cases in Valelevu and Raiwaqa screening clinics

4 cases in Korovou, Tailevu.

Thirty-two COVID-19 cases have recovered, which means there are now 943 active cases in isolation. There have been 1252 cases during this outbreak that started in April 2021, and 1322 cases overall since the first case was reported in March 2020. There have been 367 recoveries. There have also been five overall deaths due to COVID-19, including two in the first outbreak.

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