New daily highest of 150 cases as Fiji positivity rate increases

Fiji recorded a new daily highest today, with 150 new coronavirus infections as of 8 am, as the positivity rate surpasses 3%, indicating higher transmission in the community.

The positivity rate increased from 2.5% on Wednesday to 3.2%. The World Health Organisation’s threshold for the percent positive being ‘too high’ is 5%.

Of the cases announced today, 117 are linked to 16 existing clusters, one reported at Nasese Medical Centre, seven cases are primary contacts of other cases, including three from Charles Street in Toorak, and 25 cases are under investigation including two that were presented to the FEMAT facility and 23 that have yet to be linked to other cases and considered cases of community transmission.

  • 117 cases are from the following known clusters:
  • Nasinu Police Barracks: 1
  • RFMF: 1
  • Townhouse Hotel: 18
  • Public Rental Board: 1
  • CWMH: 32
  • Freshet: 3
  • Navosai: 7
  • Mineral Resources Department: 9
  • Waila: 9
  • Vunimono: 1
  • Max Value Supermarket Lami: 1
  • Muanikoso: 4
  • Caubati: 1
  • Korovou: 2
  • Vunivivi: 1
  • Fiji Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Services: 26
  • 23 cases under investigation to determine if they have links to other cases:
  • Salato Rd, Tamavua (1)
  • Duvula Rd, Nadera (4)
  • Bryce Street, Raiwaqa (1)
  • Sanpuran, St Nausori (1)
  • Navuso, Nausori (1)
  • Anorogo Pl, Davuilevu (1)
  • Muana Village, Toga, Nausori (5)
  • Naitalasese, Bua Rd (1)
  • Matanimoli Rd (1)
  • Totogo Police (4)
  • Wainibokasi (2)
  • Qauia, Lami (1)

The Ministry of Health has also confirmed that the death of a 49-year-old at CWM Hospital yesterday was not caused by COVID-19 but as “a result of the severe non-COVID-19 pre-existing medical condition that he was receiving treatment for during his admission.” This is the eighth non-COVID death in the current outbreak.

Meanwhile, 21 more COVID-19 patients have recovered, which means there are now 1311 active cases in isolation. There have been 1728 cases during this outbreak that started in April 2021, and a total of 1798 cases since the first case was reported in March 2020.

There have been 14 deaths overall in Fiji since the first case in 2020, of which 12 have been recorded in the current outbreak. Of the 12, four are deemed COVID-19 related and eight positive patients are said to have died from pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses.

The 7-day average of new cases per day has increased to 105 cases per day or 119 cases per million population per day.

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