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COVID-19 Update – 26-06-2021

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Media Release

Daily COVID-19 Update

Saturday, 26th June 2021

Transmission Update

We have recorded 266 new cases in the 24 hour period ending at 8.00am today.

1 case is from the Nawakalevu containment zone in Nadi, while the remaining 265 cases are from the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone.

102 cases are from existing areas of interest in this zone, there are 0 new areas of interest to report today. The remaining cases are contacts of known cases, cases that were seen in screening clinics and were swabbed, and cases under investigation to determine possible sources of transmission. A full breakdown of areas of interest has been published online on the Ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard and on the Fijian Government Facebook page. You can also view the approximate locations of the new cases on the Ministry’s COVID-19 dashboard at the following link http://bit.ly/3vE2ZBb

We are reporting another death caused by COVID-19. This death was previously announced as being under investigation to determine if the cause of death was COVID-19. This is a 67 year old man from Suvavou Lami who was admitted at the CWM Hospital for a pre-existing non-COVID-19 medical condition. During his admission he tested positive for COVID-19, developed severe COVID-19, and died. His doctors have determined that his death was caused by COVID-19. He was not vaccinated.

There have now been 15 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 13 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. 2 deaths are still under investigation to determine if they were caused by COVID-19. We also have recorded 8 COVID-19 positive patients that died from the pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses that they had been receiving treatment for at the CWM Hospital.

There have been 61 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 2568 active cases in isolation. There have been 3259 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 3329 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 736 recoveries.

Testing Update

A total of 145,053 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 187,914 tested since testing began in early 2020. 2966 tests have been reported for June 24th. The national 7-day daily test average is 2960 tests per day or 3.3 tests per 1000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 6.8% and continues on an upward trend.

Screening Update

In the last 24 hours, a total of 3368 individuals were screened and 381 swabbed by our mobile screening teams bringing our cumulative total to 658,772 individuals screened and 53,106 swabbed since the start of this mobile screening program. A total of 5197 individuals were screened and 967 swabbed at our 56 stationery screening clinics throughout the country. This brings our cumulative total to 206,735 screened and 26,889 swabbed at the stationery screening clinics to date.

Vaccination Update

Vaccination teams are on downtime over the weekend and will pick up the vaccination campaign again next Monday 28 June 2021.

Epidemic Outlook

The 7 day average of new cases per day has increased to 220 cases per day or 249 cases per million population per day. Our daily testing numbers have remained at a high level, and yet our test positivity continues to increase. All the evidence is that there is widespread community transmission in the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone. This means the outbreak is not confined to specific areas and everyone should take the necessary precautions and prevent themselves and their loved ones getting infected.

There are clusters of active cases in Naitasiri and one cluster in Korovou. There continue to be cases reported in Nadi, but so far they are from within the containment zone in the Nawajikuma, Nawakalevu, and Tramline containment area.

In Lautoka, there are 3 active cases currently, as announced previously.

To date, this outbreak appears contained to Viti Levu, with the Northern and Eastern divisions yet to detect a case.

Advice to the public

Stay home as much as possible, but if you have to leave your home, wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth, make sure you have the careFiji app downloaded and Bluetooth on if you have a smartphone, keep at least 2 metres between yourself and others outside your home. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Avoid crowds, and crowded confined places.