COVID-19: Six deaths and 636 news cases reported

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Fiji has reported 636 new positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths in the last 24-hour period ending at 8am today.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the first COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old woman from Delainavesi, Lami.

Dr Fong said the woman who was not vaccinated was presented to the FEMAT field hospital in respiratory distress and died on the same day.

“The second COVID-19 death is a 74-year-old woman from Raiwaqa.

“She was admitted at CWMH Hospital for treatment of a serious non-COVID-related medical condition and later tested positive in hospital,” Dr Fong said.

“After investigation, her doctors have determined that her death was caused by COVID-19 and not the prior medical condition. She was not vaccinated,” he said.

Dr Fong said the third COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old man, from Suva.

“One of our response teams was called to attend to him at home and he was then transferred to CWM Hospital after being assessed to have severe symptoms including shortness of breath,” he said.

He said the man developed severe respiratory distress and died two days later.

He had received the first dose of the vaccine in the first week of June, however, he had not received the 2nd dose and was not fully vaccinated.

“The fourth COVID-19 death is a 43-year-old woman from Makoi.

“She was admitted at CWMH Hospital for treatment of a serious non-COVID-related medical condition and later tested positive in hospital.

“After investigation, her doctors have determined that her death was caused by COVID-19 and not her prior medical condition.

“She had received the 1st dose of the vaccine at the end of April. However, she had not had the 2nd dose and was not fully vaccinated.”

Dr Fong said the fifth COVID-19 death is a 70-year-old man from Nausori.

“He presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress and died on the same day.

“He received his first dose of the vaccine in the first week of June. However, he had not received the 2nd dose and was not fully vaccinated.

“The sixth COVID-19 death is a 63-year-old man from Nailuva Road. He presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress and died on the same day. He was not vaccinated.”

Dr Fong said there has been one more death of a COVID-19 positive patient.

He said this death has been classified as non-COVID death by doctors.

Doctors have determined that his death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition.

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