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COVID-19 Update

Thursday May 20th 2021

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is announcing 1 new case of COVID-19. The new case is a household contact of the latest Vunimono/Nadali cases announced yesterday. Contact tracing investigations are ongoing for this individual.

1 patient has recovered, which means there are now 57 active cases in isolation facilities. 2 are border quarantine cases, 45 were locally transmitted, and 10 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 = 57 (2 border quarantine cases, 45 locally transmitted cases, 10 under investigation)

Fiji has had 190 cases in total, with 129 recoveries and 4 deaths, since our first case was reported on March 19th 2020.

A total of 80,946 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted since we started testing in early 2020. Due to the recent temporary shutdown of Fiji CDC, testing numbers have dropped, with the daily average of testing over the last 7 days at 1317 tests per day, compared to over 1700 per day before the shutdown. With the resumption of testing at Fiji CDC, and delivery of new GeneXpert machines to the divisional labs, a total of 2622 samples were tested yesterday. The 7 day average daily test positivity is at 0.8%, with test positivity at 0.04% in the last day. An average of 1.5 tests per 1000 population were conducted daily over the last 7 days, with 3 tests per 1000 population in the last day.


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