COVID-19 Fiji: Health Ministry reports 461 new cases and five deaths

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Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported 461 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on January 8.

Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says of those, 368 new cases were recorded on January 9 and 93 new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 8am today.

He said the drop in positive cases reported in the last 24 hours was likely due to a decrease in people being tested at health facilities because of adverse weather conditions.

“Of the 461 cases recorded since the last update, 245 cases were recorded in the Central Division, 202 cases were recorded in the Western Division, 14 cases were recorded in the Northern Division, and nil cases in the Eastern Division,” Dr Fong said in his update tonight.

Overall, there have been 57,779 cases recorded, with 69 per cent of the cases from the Central Division, 27 per cent of the cases from the Western Division, 1 per cent of the cases from the Eastern Division, and 3% from the Northern Division.

Dr Fong also reported five COVID-19 deaths tonight:

  • a 63-year-old woman from Tagitagi who died on arrival at Tavua Hospital on January 6, she had pre-existing medical conditions, and she was fully vaccinated;
  • a 75-year-old man from Nausori who died at home on January 6, and he was not vaccinated;
  • a 66-year-old man from Suva who died at home on January 7, and he had received his first dose of the vaccine;
  • a 53-year0old man from Rewa who died at home on January 8, he had a pre-existing medical condition, and he was fully vaccinated; and
  • a 73-year-old man from Suva who died at home on January 9, he had multiple pre-existing medical conditions, and he was also fully vaccinated.

There have been a total of 714 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji.

The ministry has also recorded 641 COVID-19 positive patients who died from serious medical conditions they had before they contracted COVID-19, and those are not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

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