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COVID-19 Update – 10-07-2021

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COVID-19 Daily Update

Saturday 10th July 2021

Transmission Update

We have  506 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 COVID-19 death to report for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am today. A full breakdown of areas of interest will be published online tonight on the Ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard and on the Fijian Government Facebook page. You will also be able to view the approximate locations of the new cases on the dashboard tomorrow at the following link: http://bit.ly/3vE2ZBb.

The COVID-19 death we are reporting today is a 55 year old woman from Nabua. A Ministry response team attended to her at a medical facility and transferred her to the CWM Hospital after she reported having severe symptoms of COVID-19. Her condition worsened in hospital and she died 2 days after admission. She was not vaccinated.

There have been two more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. Doctors have determined that their deaths were caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions.

There have now been 52 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 50 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. We also have recorded 21 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths. 1 death of a COVID-19 positive patient remains under investigation.

There have been 179 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 8,256 active cases. There have been 9,957 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 10,027 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 1,697 recoveries.

Screening Update

A total of 6,806 individuals were screened and 1,928 swabbed at our stationary screening clinics in the last 24 hours, bringing our cumulative total to 277,956 individuals screened and 42,645 swabbed to date. Our mobile screening teams screened a total of 2,938 individuals and swabbed 555 in the last 24 hours. This brings our cumulative total to 690,203 individuals screened and 57,860 swabbed by our mobile teams to date.

Testing update

192,536 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 235,397 tested since testing began in early 2020. 3447 tests have been reported for July 8th. Testing number data for all labs for July 8th are still being received and so the testing number is expected to increase once updated. Testing numbers for July 6th and 7th from more labs has now been received and total test numbers for those days have now been updated. The national 7-day daily test average is 3617 tests per day or 4.1 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 16.8% and continues on an upward trend.

Vaccination Update

As of the 9th July 349,396 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 65,618 have received their second doses. This means that 59.6% of the target population have received at least one dose and 11.2 % are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

Fijians can check the Ministry’s vaccine dashboard to find real-time data on first-dose and second-dose numbers at the national, divisional and sub-divisional levels. You can access the live dashboard at http://bit.ly/3h2JfCZ

Epidemic Outlook

The 7-day average of new cases per day has increased to 627 cases per day or 708 cases per million population per day. With daily increases in cases we are also seeing increasing cases of severe COVID-19 and increasing deaths.

Advice to the public

With increasing daily cases, hospitalisations, and deaths, we are asking all Fijians to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Getting fully vaccinated, with 2 doses of the vaccine, will decrease your risk of getting infected with the virus. But most importantly, getting fully vaccinated will significantly reduce your risk of getting severe COVID-19, even if you do get infected. None of the people who have died from COVID-19 in Fiji have been fully vaccinated. And we know from data from the United Kingdom that the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization from the Delta variant by 92%. Vaccination locations are published daily on the Ministry’s website, social media, and in the daily newspapers.