PRESS RELEASE

COVID-19 Update – 13-05-2021

Media Release

COVID-19 Update

Thursday May 13th 2021

As announced by the Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services today, we have 4 new cases to report. And sadly, last night, one of our COVID-positive patients, a woman from the recent Makoi cluster, was entered into intensive care after her condition began rapidly deteriorating. Despite the best efforts of her attending physicians, she has passed away.

Our first new case is from Makoi and presented to Oceania Hospital with COVID-19 symptoms. At this early stage of the investigation this case has no known links to other cases. The Oceania Hospital outpatients department was temporarily closed yesterday for contact tracing and decontamination. Anyone who potentially had contact with this case at the hospital has been quarantined.

The next case is also from Makoi and is an administration staff member of Fiji CDC. According to Fiji CDC protocol he was tested after returning this week from leave. The next two cases are his co-workers at the Fiji CDC who had tested negative during routine testing earlier this week, but tested positive as part of contact tracing for this new case last night.

With the latest cases and recent death, there are now 52 active cases in isolation facilities. 6 are border quarantine cases, 33 local transmission, and 13 are under investigation to determine the source of transmission. Cases under investigation are considered as community transmission until proven otherwise.

Total active cases in isolation = 52 (6 border quarantine cases, 33 locally transmitted cases, 13 under investigation)

Fiji has had 165 cases in total, with 109 recoveries and 4 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th 2020.

Due to the recent cases at Fiji CDC the most recent testing data is not available. However, as of yesterday, a total of 70,732 COVID-19 laboratory tests had been conducted, with a daily average of 1772 tests per day over the last 7 days, and 1910 tests conducted as announced yesterday. The weekly average is 8529 tests per week over the last 2 weeks, with a record 10,237 tests done last week. The overall test positivity is 0.2% and 7 day average daily test positivity is 0.3%. An average of 2.2 tests per 1000 population was conducted daily over the last 7 days, and 9.6 per 1000 population per week averaged over the last 2 weeks.

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