COVID-19 Update – 28-05-2021

Media Release

COVID-19 Update

Friday May 28th 2021

Transmission update

As announced by the Permanent Secretary, there are 46 new cases to report today.

Forty three of these cases are linked to existing clusters that were under investigation and detected through contact tracing and targeted screening. The 43 cases are as follows:

28 from Nadali in Nausori

3 are from Navosai and are linked to the Narere funeral cluster

2 from Muanikoso

9 from the navy cluster (8 from Kinoya and 1 from Nadonumai in Lami)

1 from the Samabula (funeral cluster)

3 new cases are currently not linked to other cases and are under investigation.

Two patients have recovered, which means there are now 195 active cases. All active cases are in the Suva-Nausori containment zone. 2 of these active cases are in the intensive care unit at the CWM Hospital.

Fiji has had 360 cases in total since our first case was reported in March 2020, with 161 recoveries and 4 deaths.

Testing update

Over 58,000 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted during this current outbreak, with 101,588 conducted in total since testing started in early 2020. This does not yet include the 11,000 samples recently tested in Australia.

A total of 2673 samples were tested yesterday. The daily average of testing over the last 7 days is 2515 tests per day. At the national level, an average of 2.8 tests per 1000 population were conducted daily over the last 7 days. The 7 day average daily test positivity is 0.9%.

The most recent data shows that 3.2 tests per 1000 population are being conducted in the Central Division, which is above our target of 3 tests per 1000 population. This is a level of testing that is comparable to Australia and New Zealand during their outbreaks. However, the 7 day average daily test positivity in Central is increasing, and is currently at 1.1%. While the average daily test positivity has remained below the 2-5% threshold, the upward tread reflects the increasing number of cases reported daily in the Central Division.

As mentioned earlier, the majority of new cases reported are linked to existing clusters that have been found through the extensive contact tracing efforts of the Central Division team. These clusters are large because they are associated with a number of funerals, which are mass gathering events, and/or cases had a large number of work contacts, or they came from large households.