1 Aug 2021

Covid-19 in Fiji: 1121 new cases, six more deaths confirmed

9:12 am on 1 August 2021

There are 294 severe Covid-19 patients in Fiji's hospitals, with 185 of them admitted at the main Colonial War Memorial Hospital in the capital Suva.

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong

Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong Photo: Fiji govt

The government also confirmed 1121 new cases and six deaths in the 24 hours to 8am yesterday.

That compares with 1163 cases and six deaths in the previous 24-hour period.

Health Secretary Doctor James Fong said last night that 67 of those in hospital are in a critical condition.

He said the six deaths were reported on 29-30 July, and all of them were unvaccinated.

* A 79-year-old man from Caubati in Nasinu died at home on 29 July.

* A 65-year-old woman from Nasinu was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department on 29 July. Dr Fong said this means she either died at home or on her way to the hospital.

* A 58-year-old man from Nausori presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. He was brought to the CWM Hospital on 30 July but his condition worsened in the hospital. He died later that same day.

* A 71-year-old woman from Nabua died at home on 30 July.

* A 51-year-old man from Suva also died at home on 30 July.

* An 89-year-old man from Tailevu presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. He was brought to the CWM Hospital on 20 July. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died 10 days later.


,, Photo: Red Cross

Seven other people who had tested positive to the virus had also died, however Dr Fong said their deaths were not caused by Covid-19 but due to serious pre-existing medical conditions.

He said out of the 1121 new cases, 241 cases were from the Western Division and the rest from the Central Division.

There have been 29,711 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021, he said. A total of 29,781 cases since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 7705 recoveries.

Dr Fong said there had been 510 new recoveries reported since the last update on Friday.

Fiji now has 21,707 active cases in isolation and 238 deaths, with 236 of them from this latest outbreak that began in April.

Out of those in isolation, Dr Fong said 18,572 are in the Central Division while 3135 in the West.

A total of 6289 individuals were screened and 655 swabbed at clinics in the last 24 hours, he said, bringing the "cumulative total to 390,489 individuals screened and 71,399 swabbed to date."

"As of the 30 July, 3,603 individuals were screened and 400 swabbed. This brings our cumulative total to 768,840 individuals screened and 68,012 swabbed by our mobile teams.

"A total of 270,052 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 312,913 tested since March 2020. 3170 tests have been reported for July 29.

"Testing number data is pending for one laboratory for that date. The daily test average is 3172 or 3.6 tests per 1000 population."

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete Photo: Fiji Govt

Vaccine outweighs risks: minister

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said the benefits from getting a jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweighed any risks of side-effects.

The ministry reported that 482,175 people or 82.2 percent of the target population had received their first dose of the vaccine, while 482,175 or 23.9 percent had got both jabs.

Health Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete said the Moderna vaccine had been offered to those above the age of 60 - and not to the younger population.

He said some media reports had suggested that the AstraZeneca vaccine tendered to negatively affect the younger population.

Dr Waqainabete said this was not necessarily the case.

He said community transmission in the Lami-Nausori corridor clearly showed the benefits that AstraZeneca far outweighs whatever small side effects it has.

"The only benefit Moderna gives is the turnaround time, 28 days. If you work to vaccinate a vulnerable person over the age of 60 with AstraZeneca, you have to wait eight weeks to vaccinate them until they are fully protected.

"The benefits of Moderna are you could vaccinate today and wait 28 days to get fully vaccinated."

The ministry said Fiji's average daily test positivity is 30.9 percent. The World Health Organisation threshold is five percent.

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