Patient 125 dies in hospital, Fiji’s third COVID19 related death

Fiji’s COVID19 patient 125, the 53-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus in Lautoka Hospital’s intensive care unit yesterday has died.

Medical authority sources said the man passed away yesterday afternoon, but his death was not announced at the press conference as his family needed to be notified first.

It is unclear if coronavirus was the primary cause of death. The man had been admitted to the Lautoka Hospital from 19 April 2021 for a surgical procedure.

The death takes the total number of people in Fiji that have died with COVID19 to three, all of them males.

The first two deaths were recorded in 2020, both border quarantine cases, almost a month apart- the first was also Fiji’s first border quarantine case. He was a 66-year-old man who was in India for medical treatment and had returned to Fiji from India on 1 July. He died on 31 July. On 25 August, Fiji recorded its second death; a 61-year-old who arrived in a repatriation flight on 6 August from Sacramento, California. He reportedly died in Lautoka Hospital’s isolation unit.

The Fiji Times and FBC News first reported on the death this morning.

Fiji has had 125 cases in total, with 84 recoveries and three deaths, since its first case was reported on 19 March 2020.

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