COVID-19: New cases total 1075; 12 deaths reported over four days

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A total of 1057 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Fiji for the 24-hour period that ended at 8am today, and 12 COVID-deaths were reported between July 24-27.

The permanent secretary for the country’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr James Fong, announced this in his COVID-19 update tonight, saying 144 of the new cases are from the Western Division and 913 cases from the Central Division.

Dr Fong indicated seven of the 12 deaths involved cases who presented to the medical facility in severe respiratory distress, three home deaths and two were declared dead on arrival in Lautoka.

Below are the details of the deaths reported by Dr Fong:

  • A 44-year-old woman from Drasa. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital emergency department (24/07/2021). This means that she died at home or on her way to the hospital. She was not vaccinated;
  • A 73-year-old woman from Lovu. She was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Lautoka Hospital emergency department (26/07/2021). This means that she died at home or on her way to the hospital. She was not vaccinated;
  • A 52-year-old woman from Lami who died at home on 27/07/2021. She was not vaccinated;
  • A 61-year-old man from Raiwai who died at home on 27/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 69-year-old man from Naitasiri who died at home on 26/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 75-year-old man from Togalevu. He presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved him from the medical facility to the CWM Hospital. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 4 days after admission (27/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early July. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated;
  • An 83-year-old man from Nadawa. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 6 days after admission (25/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early June. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated;
  • A 74-year-old woman from Narere. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 8 days after admission (26/07/2021). She was not vaccinated;
  • An 87-year-old man from Tacirua Village. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 8 days after admission (28/07/2021). She was not vaccinated;
  • A 61-year-old woman from Samabula. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 8 days after admission (27/07/2021). She was not vaccinated;
  • A 51-year-old man from Samabula. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 7 days after admission (27/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in early July. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated; and
  • A 70-year-old woman from Tamavua. A medical team retrieved her from the home and brought her to CWM Hospital. She was noted to be in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the CWM hospital and she died 3 days after admission (27/07/2021). Her family reported that she had a cough and shortness of breath 2 days prior. She received the 1st dose of the vaccine in late May. She did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that she was not fully vaccinated.

Statistics provided as at 8am on July 28 (2021):

  • 1057 new COVID-19 positive cases
  • 12 deaths reported from July 24-27
  • 2 deaths of COVID-19 positive patients under investigation
  • 387 new recoveries reported since the last update, means there are now 19,168 active cases
  • 16,272 active cases are in the Central Division, and 2896 in the West
  • 26,126 cases recorded during the outbreak that started in April 2021
  • 26,196 cases recorded in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 6706 recoveries
  • 218 deaths recorded due to COVID-19 in Fiji
  • 216 of those deaths recorded during the outbreak that started in April this year
  • 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 8
  • 104 COVID-19 positive patients died from the serious medical conditions they had before they contracted COVID-19 (not classified as COVID-19 deaths).

Source: Ministry of Health PS Dr James Fong, COVID-19 Update, July 28 (2021)

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