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COVID-19 Update

Friday 24th February

Transmission Update:

From 17/02/2023 to 23/02/2023, we recorded 13 new cases.

Of the 13 new cases recorded, 6 cases were recorded in the Central Division; 7 cases in the Western Division; with nil cases in the Northern Division and Eastern Division.

The national 7-day rolling average of cases as of 19th February is 3 daily cases.

The Central Division cases constitute 66% of the cumulative total cases nationally, with the Western division making up 28%, 4% in the Northern Division, and 2% in the Eastern Division.

Deaths:

The curve depicts weekly COVID-19 deaths by division since May 2021. It indicates a surge from last December, with peaks in mid-January 2022 followed by a downward trend.

COVID Death Reports

We have no (0) new COVID-19 deaths to report.

Analysis of COVID-19 Deaths 

Table 1: Death rates by Division

Division Total COVID Deaths Deaths per 100,000
Central 77 19.1
Western 70 19.7
Northern 30 21.4
Eastern 5 13.0

An analysis of the 182 deaths recorded since December 2021, shows that the Central Division has the highest absolute number of deaths. The Northern Division has the highest rate of death when adjusted for population.

Table 2: Deaths by Age Group

Age Group Total Deaths Deaths per 100,000
population
0 – 9 8 4.4
10-19 2 1.3
20-29 3 2.1
30-39 5 3.6
40-49 8 7.7
50-59 23 25.3
60-69 38 73.1
70-79 55 245.5
80-89 34 604.3
90-99 6 1153.8

The death rate adjusted per 100,000 population, has been highest in the age group 50 years and over for the 182 deaths since December 2021. There were ten (10) deaths below the age of 19 years, 7 out of the 9 children had significant pre-existing medical conditions, and three (3) children had no known underlying medical condition.

Table 3: Deaths by Vaccination Status 

Age Cohort Total COVID deaths Total Vaccinated/ Unvaccinated Deaths per 100,000 Vaccinated Population Deaths per 100,000 Unvaccinated Population
>18 172 73/99 12.4 344.4
15-17 1 0/1 0 6.6
12-14 1 0/1 0 2.5

Of the 182 COVID-19 deaths reported since December 2021, eight (8) deaths were in the population not eligible for vaccination (under the age of 12). An analysis of the 174 deaths in the vaccine-eligible population revealed that Fiji has a death rate of 12.4 per 100,000 population for fully vaccinated adults and 344.4 per 100,000 population for unvaccinated adults. This means that unvaccinated adults in Fiji have been dying at a rate 27.8 times higher than fully vaccinated adults. Individuals in the 12-17 age group who died were not vaccinated.

There has been a total of 883 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji. As of December 25th, 2022, the national 7 days rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day is 0.0 with a case fatality rate of 1.28%. Due to the time required by clinical teams to investigate, classify and report deaths, a 4-day interval is given to calculate the 7 days rolling average of deaths, based on the date of death, to help ensure the data collected is complete before the average is reported.

We have also recorded 1,006 COVID-19-positive patients who died from other serious medical conditions unrelated to COVID-19; their doctors have determined that COVID-19 did not contribute to their deaths, and therefore these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

Hospitalisation:

Currently, we do not have any (0) admissions as a direct cause of COVID-19. However, two (2) admissions have tested as covid positive but are admitted for other diseases. Patients presented to the hospital are tested before admission therefore, a high number of people who are admitted for non-covid health conditions, test positive for COVID-19 due to the current level of transmission in the community.

Using the WHO clinical severity classification, there are 50% (n=1) cases in the asymptomatic and mild categories; 50% (n=1) cases in the moderate category, with nil cases in the severe and critical categories.

Testing:

29 tests had been reported for 22nd February 2023. The total cumulative tests since 2020 are 668,667 tests. And the 7-day daily test average is 30 tests per day or 0.0 tests per 1,000 population.

The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 7.1%, above the WHO recommendation of 5% and indicates the ongoing community transmission in Fiji.

COVID-19 Vaccination

We have been reporting that 100% of our estimated adult population have received one dose and 95% have received the second dose. The vaccination of our target population has been progressing well with the 12 years and above coverage rate for Fiji being 99% for Dose 1 and 89% for Dose 2.

Furthermore, as of the 23rd of February, 171,060 (54.7%) booster-eligible individuals have so far received their 3rd dose while 29,273 individuals have been administered the 4th dose.

Increasing Vaccine Booster Coverage Program

The following COVID-19 vaccination services are currently offered at the sites:

  • 1st and 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccines for 12 years and above
  • 1st and 2nd dose of COVID-19 boosters for 18 years and above

An individual is eligible for the first booster dose 3 months after receiving the 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and the 2nd booster dose 4 months after receiving the 1st booster dose.

The public is advised that the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children aged 5-11 years old is currently unavailable and the Ministry will advise once the programme resumes.

To register online for the first dose, please visit vra.digitalfiji.gov.fj

The public is reminded that vaccination sites strictly close at 3 pm. Therefore, any person going to the site in the afternoon is requested to be present at least by 1.30 pm.

Sites for vaccination will be operational from 9 am – 3 pm each day (Monday – Friday) while Suva Health Center will also operate on Saturdays (9 am – 3 pm).

The list of sites is available at: bit.ly/35Fozux

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