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COVID-19 Update – 21-06-2021

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Media Release

COVID-19 Daily Update

Monday, 21 June 2021

Transmission Update

We have recorded 126 new cases in the 24 hour period ending at 8.00am today. The active case distribution may be viewed on the map at the following link http://bit.ly/3vE2ZBb

We sadly report another death at CWM Hospital. This is a 42-year-old male admitted to hospital with leptospirosis. He also tested positive for COVID-19 during his admission.  His death is being investigated by his doctors to determine if it will be classified as a COVID-19 death.

There have been 59 recoveries since the last update, which means that there are now 1542 active cases in isolation. There have been 2020 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.  We have recorded a total of 2090 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020.

There have been 532 recoveries, and 7 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 5 of these deaths during the current outbreak. 8 COVID-19 positive patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses. 1 death is under investigation.

Testing Update

A total of 130,002 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 172,863 tested since testing began in early 2020. 2743 tests have been reported for June 19th. This number is expected to increase as more testing number data is received from all labs. The national 7-day daily test average is 3178 tests per day or 3.6 tests per 1000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 4.1% and continues on an upward trend despite high levels of testing.

 Vaccination Update

Vaccination has recommenced today at the 16 vaccination sites and 4 mobile teams in the western division, and the 12 vaccination sites and 1 mobile team in the central division. The Ministry will be providing an update on today’s vaccination activity in tomorrow’s report.

Epidemic Response

We have recorded an increase in new cases from the Lami area. The Ministry is working with other Government agencies and the community to establish additional isolation facilities in the Lami area to cater for the positive cases from the area. Additional isolation facilities have also been pursued in the Nausori area to complement the current capacities we have, and to cater for positive cases from the Nausori area. Members of the public are advised to continue to practise COVID-19 safe measures to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.

An important part of our COVID-19 response was to use various technologies available to us, and these technologies were of immense benefit to our organizing of information for planning, implementation and deployment of our resources.

One such technology is the use of geospatial information, which greatly assisted my team in organizing information collected from the ground and presented in a map that could be understood by my team and those on the ground.

Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of the CoVID-19 Dashboard, where active cases in Fiji can now be viewed on online using an interactive GIS Dashboard. The Dashboard will give members of the public an interactive map that provides information on active cases and their locations. As long as users have internet connection, they can navigate on the map to view the case spread at various locations across the country. It is anticipated that this dashboard will provide members of the public situational awareness of where the active cases are, and follow the relevant safety guidelines put in place by my Ministry to protect themselves and their families.

On behalf of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services I would like to acknowledge the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources in providing their geospatial information resources to for this dashboard.