COVID-19: Fiji records 522 new cases and three more deaths

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Fiji has recorded 522 new cases of COVID-19 and three COVID-19 deaths to report for the 24-hour period that ended at 8am today.

A full breakdown of areas of interest has been published online on the Ministry of Health and Medical Service’s COVID-19 dashboard and on the Fijian Government Facebook page. You can also view the approximate locations of cases at the following link: http://bit.ly/3vE2ZBb.

The first death is a 93-year-old woman from Matata, Valenicinia Lami. She died at home. According to protocol she was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. She was not vaccinated.

The two other deaths were previously reported as under investigation to determine if the cause of death was COVID-19. Doctors have now concluded that their deaths were caused by COVID-19. The first was a 60-year-old man from Lami Village who was declared dead on arrival at the Lami Health Centre. He died at home or on the way to the health facility. According to protocol he was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. He was not vaccinated. The second was a 56-year-old woman from Qauia in Lami who died at home. She also tested positive for COVID-19. She was not vaccinated.

Another death of a COVID-19 positive patient that was previously reported as under investigation to determine if COVID-19 was the cause of death has now been classified as a non-COVID death. Doctors have determined that the person died from a pre-existing illness and not COVID-19.

There have now been 30 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 28 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. We also have recorded 13 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19.

There have been 108 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 4,909 active cases in isolation. There have been 6091 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 6161 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 1209 recoveries.

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