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COVID-19 Update – 13-07-2021

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Media Release

COVID-19 Daily Update

Tuesday, 13th July 2021

Transmission Update

We have 647 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 COVID-19 death to report for the 24 hour period that ended at 8 am 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 reported today is a 58-year-old man from Delaivalelevu who died at home. His family reported that he had been feeling unwell for 1 week. He received his 1st dose of the vaccine in mid-June. He had not received the second dose of the vaccine and was not fully vaccinated.

There has been one more death of a COVID-19 positive patient. However, the death has been classified as a non-COVID death by doctors. Doctors have determined that this death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

There have now been 59 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 57 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. We also have recorded 27 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.

There have been 230 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 9,725 active cases. There have been 11,962 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 12,032 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 2,221 recoveries.

Screening Update

A total of 7,199 individuals were screened and 2,210 swabbed at our stationary screening clinics in the last 24 hours, bringing our cumulative total to 290,713 individuals screened and 46,559 swabbed to date. Our mobile screening teams screened a total of 4,418 individuals and swabbed 886 in the last 24 hours. This brings our cumulative total to 701,049 individuals screened and 59,503 swabbed by our mobile teams to date.

Testing update

Testing data will be updated in the next daily statement as testing number data from the laboratories is still being received.

Vaccination Update

As of the 12th July 362,969 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 68,819 have received their second doses. This means that 61.9 % of the target population have received at least one dose and 11.7 % 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 is 698 cases per day or 788 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

Sadly, people with severe COVID-19 are still dying at home or they are coming to a medical facility in the late stages of severe illness. Severe COVID-19 is a medical emergency, and a delay in receiving appropriate medical treatment reduces your chance of recovering from the disease.

We need all Fijians to know the severe symptoms of COVID-19, which include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Severe headache for a few days
  • New confusion, inability to wake or stay awake; and
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds.

If you or a loved one have any of these symptoms please go immediately to your nearest medical facility or call 165 if unable to get to a medical facility.