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COVID-19 Update – 26-07-2021

Last Updated on 2 months by Publishing Team

Media Release

 

COVID-19 Daily Update

 

Monday 26th July 2021

 

Transmission Update

 

We have 1285 new cases of COVID-19 to report for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am today. 202 cases are from the Western Division and 1083 cases are from the Central Division. 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 new cases, active cases, and recovered cases on the dashboard at the following link: http://bit.ly/3vE2ZBb.

 

There have been 263 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 17,937 active cases. 16,239 active cases are in the Central Division and 1698 in the West. All cases that were recorded in the Northern and Eastern Divisions (cases that were imported from Viti Levu) have recovered and there are no active cases currently in those divisions.

 

There have been 24,354 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 24,424 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 6,191 recoveries.

 

Deaths

 

We have 9 new COVID-19 deaths to report for the period of 23rd July to 26th July. 

 

The first COVID-19 death to report is an 82 year old woman from Tamavua who died at home on 23/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.

 

The second COVID-19 death to report is a 57 year old man from Nadawa who died at home on 24/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

 

The third COVID-19 death to report is a 34 year old man from Nadera. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died two days after admission 26/07/2021. He received his first dose of the vaccine in late June. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated.

 

The fourth COVID-19 death to report is a 52 year old man from Raiwasa. He presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened at the hospital and he died 15 days after admission (25/07/2021). He was not vaccinated.

 

The fifth COVID-19 death to report is a 45 year old woman from Samabula. She presented to the CWM Hospital in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the hospital and she died 7 days after admission (23/07/2021). She was not vaccinated.

 

The sixth COVID-19 death to report is a 73 year old woman from Naitasiri. She presented to a health facility in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened at the health facility and she died on the same day 23/07/2021. Her family reported that she had a cough, generalized weakness and shortness of breath for one week prior. She was not vaccinated.

 

The seventh COVID-19 death to report is a 72 year old man from Naitasiri who died at home on 25/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

 

The eighth COVID-19 death to report is an 89 year old woman from Narere. She presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died on the same day (26/07/2021). She was not vaccinated.

 

The ninth COVID-19 death to report is a 74 year old man from Tacirua who died at home on 25/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.

 

There have been 7 more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. Doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions and not COVID-19.

 

There have now been 195 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 193 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 8.  We also have recorded 101 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.

 

Screening Update

 

A total of 890 individuals were screened and 411 swabbed at our stationary screening clinics in the last 24 hours, bringing our cumulative total to 358,925 individuals screened and 66,439 swabbed to date. As of the 24th July our mobile screening teams screened a total of 2,575 individuals and swabbed 302. This brings our cumulative total to 741,611 individuals screened and 65,752 swabbed by our mobile teams.

 

Testing update

 

A total of 253,945 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 296,806 tested since testing began in March 2020. 3095  tests have been reported for July 24th. The national 7-day daily test average is 3530 tests per day or 4.0 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 22.8 %.  

 

Vaccination Update

 

As of the 25nd July 441,171 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 97,268 have received their second doses. This means that 75.2% of the target population have received at least one dose and 16.6% 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 875 cases per day or 989 cases per million population per day.  The daily case number increased today after a drop below the average in recent days, with most cases still being reported from the Central Division.  Increasing numbers of daily cases are also being reported from the West. As explained in earlier statements, day to day changes in case numbers are expected, and a few days of decreased case numbers should not be misinterpreted as an overall decline in cases in the community. This is the reason we rely more on a 7 day average of cases to monitor the progress of the outbreak. With testing remaining high, test positivity remaining high, and increasing cases being reported in the West, we expect average daily case numbers to remain at a high level and possibly increase.  The daily average of deaths is also being monitored and continues to increase.

 

Advice to the public

 

For people with COVID-19 symptoms in Suva-Nausori:  

 

Community transmission within the Suva-Nausori containment zone is at a very high level. This means that anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 in Suva-Nausori should assume that they have COVID-19. Most people infected with COVID-19 will have mild symptoms like cough, runny nose, sore throat, fever, loss of taste or smell, body ache, or headache, and will fully recover at home with no medical intervention necessary. People who have any of these symptoms and are not within a group that is at higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 will no longer be tested for COVID-19, and should stay at home, strictly self-isolate for 14 days, and continue to monitor your symptoms for severe COVID-19. If you develop any signs of severe COVID-19, like difficulty breathing or chest pain, please go immediately to one of our dedicated health facilities: 

 

– Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH)

– FEMAT Hospital, Vodafone Arena

Individuals in Nausori with severe symptoms should go to:

– Nausori Health Centre

-Wainibokasi Hospital

 

Call 165 if you are unable to travel to a medical facility. 

 

However, if you or someone you are caring for has mild symptoms but is at high risk of severe COVID – in particular individuals over 50 years, have a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, asthma, are obese, or are pregnant – we need you to visit one of our screening clinics and get tested. If you test positive, then we will ensure you are provided immediate care by our health teams. 

 

1.) For symptomatic workers who need official leave from work, they are recommended to attend the nearest screening clinic to be checked and to obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days home isolation.

2.) Symptomatic workers can also obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days self-isolation at home from participating General Practitioners (GPs).