15 Sep 2021

Covid-19 in Fiji: 131 new community cases confirmed

6:47 pm on 15 September 2021

There have been 131 new community cases of Covid-19 reported in Fiji, the Health Ministry has revealed.

There is now a total of 12,951 active cases in the current Delta outbreak since Tuesday.

This picture taken on April 24, 2021 shows residents wearing face masks waiting to cross the main road in the Fijian capital Suva ahead of an expected lockdown in the capital due to a Covid-19 spike. (Photo by Leon LORD / AFP)

Photo: AFP

The ministry also confirmed one death on Wednesday - a 63 year-old man from Navua.

He was presented to the Navua Hospital in severe respiratory distress on 12 September and died on the same day.

"He received the first dose of the vaccine in mid-August," Health Secretary James Fong said in a statement.

There are 110 Covid patients hospitalised: 35 are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, five at the FEMAT field hospital, and 70 at the Colonial War Memorial, St Giles and Makoi hospitals in Suva.

Eight patients are considered to be in severe condition, and three critical.

Meanwhile, health teams have been carrying out contact-tracing exercises in the district of Nacula, Yasawa, 21 new cases have been found.

The team carried out swab tests on villagers.

Nacula District official Lavenia Naivalu said each village would be visited by the team for swab tests.

In Naviti where 39 new cases were reported this week, health teams were also carrying out swab tests and vaccination in the villages.

District spokesperson Meciusela Vuli said unvaccinated villagers were now getting their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Vuli said most of the villagers did not get their vaccination when the teams arrived in July.

He said people were now coming forward including those getting their second doses.

"We want more people to get vaccinated because this disease is taking our people."

Front-line workers heading to the outer islands where Covid-19 has spread.

Front-line workers heading to the outer islands where Covid-19 has spread. Photo: Fiji Health Ministry

Remote islands target vaccination

According to the Health Ministry, as of 14 September the total number of cases in the remote areas is: Nacula District 23, Naviti 146, Kadavu 474, Macuata two, Beqa 58, and Malolo with a total of 56 cases.

Vuli said the focus now is to continue to encourage the locals to vaccinate.

As of the 13 September, 573,247 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 350,007 got both jabs, the ministry said.

This means 97.3 of the target population have received at least one dose and 59.6 percent are now fully-vaccinated nation-wide.

The government said it would need to vaccinate at least 60 percent of the population to be able to meet the WHO's immunisation target.

Fiji is expected to reopen its borders in early November.

Fiji facts

* 104 new recoveries reported since the last update

12,951 active cases: 1480 in the Central Division, 11,164 in the west, two in the north (Macuata) and 305 active cases in the Eastern Division (all on Kadavu).

* 49,174 cases since April 2021.

* Total of 49,244 cases since the first case were reported in March 2020.

* Total of 35,388 recoveries.

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