COVID-19: 805 new cases and two deaths reported

Sergeant Alpha Rokosuka of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces and Police Constable Ilaisa Tuimavana on guard at Cunningham, Stage 1, in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported 805 new cases of COVID-19 in the last three days ending at 8am this morning.

“Since the last update on 29/12/2021, we have recorded a total of 805 new cases; of which 316 new cases were recorded on 30/12/2021, 223 new cases were recorded on 31/12/2021, and 266 new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am this morning,” stated the ministry in a statement this morning.

“Overall, there have been 54,077 cases recorded in the 2nd wave, with 71% of the cases from the Central Division, 27% of the cases from the Western Division, and 1% of the cases from the Eastern Division, and 1% from the Northern Division.”

“Of the 805 cases recorded since the last update, 388 cases were recorded in the Northern Division; 134 cases were recorded in the Western Division, and 283 cases were recorded in the Central Division.”

The national 7- day rolling average is 18 daily cases calculated for 28th December 2021.

There are two COVID-19 deaths to report.

The first COVID-19 death to report is of a 67-year-old male from Raiwaqa who died at home on December 29  in respiratory distress. He had a number of severe pre-existing medical conditions that have been assessed to also have contributed to his death. He received his first dose of the COVID -19 vaccine by the end of July and his second dose by the end of August. This means he was fully vaccinated.

The second COVID -19 death to report is of a 76-year-old male from Nadawa who died at home on December 31 in respiratory distress. He had a significant pre-existing medical condition that may have contributed to his death. He received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-July and his second dose by mid-September. This means he was fully vaccinated.

While both these deaths occurred in individuals who have been immunized with 2 doses of vaccine, they both had significant underlying medical conditions and were over the age of 50. It is known that these factors place a person at higher risk of severe disease, even if fully vaccinated.

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