COVID-19 Update – 26-05-2021

Media Release
COVID-19 Update
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Evening Update

There are 14 new positive cases to report since the afternoon update and as of 6 pm today. 13 of the new cases are contacts of previously announced cases:

• 9 of the new cases are from the navy cluster.
• 3 are contacts of the Waila cluster.
• 1 case is a household contact of case 244 in the Muanikoso cluster
• 1 case was a day patient at CWM Hospital, she was not admitted at the hospital but was tested as part of a pre-admission screening program that is being conducted at the hospital. Investigations are ongoing into the possible source of her infection.

8 patients have recovered, which means there are now 127 active cases in isolation. Fiji has had 286 cases in total, with 155 recoveries and 4 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th, 2020.

Due to a shortage of suitable accommodation sites that may serve as quarantine facilities in the Central Division, we are now moving close contacts of cases that are negative on their entry and 4th-day tests to the established quarantine facilities in Nadi to complete the remainder of their 14-day quarantine. The prerequisite of the 2 negative tests is in place to mitigate the risk of transmission between those in quarantine during their travel to Nadi.

96,111 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted since testing started in early 2020. This does not yet include the 11,000 samples recently tested in Australia.

A total of 3290 samples were tested yesterday. The daily average of testing over the last 7 days is 2541 tests per day. The 7-day average daily test positivity is at 0.5%, and 0.8% on the last day. An average of 2.9 tests per 1000 population was conducted daily over the last 7 days, with 3.7 tests per 1000 population on the last day.