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COVID-19 Daily Update
Tuesday, 27th July 2021
We have 715 new cases of COVID-19 to report for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am today. 97 cases are from the Western Division and 618 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 128 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 18,512 active cases. 16,518 active cases are in the Central Division and 1994 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 25,069 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 25,139 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 6,319 recoveries.
We have 11 new COVID-19 deaths to report for the period of 22nd July to 27th July.
The first COVID-19 death to report is a 46 year old healthcare worker from the CWM Hospital. She presented to the CWM Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress. She reported having a fever and cough for five days. Her condition worsened in hospital and she died 2 days after admission on 26/07/21. She was not vaccinated.
The second COVID-19 death to report is a 65 year old man from Makoi who died at home on 26/07/2021. He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in mid-July. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means he was not fully vaccinated.
The third COVID-19 death to report is a 74 year old woman from Lami who died at home on 26/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
The fourth COVID-19 death to report is a 71 year old woman from Davuilevu Housing who died at home on 26/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
The fifth COVID-19 death to report is a 66 year old woman from Caubati who died at home on 26/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
The sixth COVID-19 death to report is a 79 year old woman from Lami who died at home on 22/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
The seventh COVID-19 death to report is a 75 year old man from Samabula. He presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died on the same day 25/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.
The eighth COVID-19 death to report is a 62 year old woman from Suva. She presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. Her condition worsened in the hospital and she died 2 days after admission 26/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.
The ninth COVID-19 death to report is a 67 year old man from Korovisilou. He presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died 4 days after admission 26/07/2021. He was not vaccinated.
The tenth COVID-19 death to report is a 63 year old woman from Nausori. She presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved her from the health facility and brought her to the FEMAT field hospital. Her condition worsened at the FEMAT field hospital and she died 6 days after admission (27/07/2021). She was not vaccinated.
The eleventh COVID-19 death to report is a 69 year old man from Nadera. He presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress. A medical team retrieved him from the FEMAT field hospital and brought him to the CWM hospital. His condition worsened in the hospital and he died two days after admission (26/07/2021). He received the 1st dose of the vaccine in mid-June. He did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that he was not fully vaccinated.
There has been 1 more death of COVID-19 positive patient. However, her death has been classified as non-COVID death by her doctors. Doctors have determined that her death was caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.
There have now been 206 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 204 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. The 7 day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is 7. We also have recorded 102 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.
A total of 6,811 individuals were screened and 1,147 swabbed at our stationary screening clinics in the last 24 hours, bringing our cumulative total to 365,736 individuals screened and 67,586 swabbed to date. As of the 25th July our mobile screening teams screened a total of 5,542 individuals and swabbed 586. This brings our cumulative total to 747,412 individuals screened and 66,354 swabbed by our mobile teams.
A total of 256,776 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 299,637 tested since testing began in March 2020. 2831 tests have been reported for Sunday July 25th. Testing numbers for July 25th are below the average as the laboratory at Fiji CDC was closed for essential maintenance work on the morning of Sunday July 25th. The national 7-day daily test average is 3401 tests per day or 3.8 tests per 1,000 population. The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 26.3 %.
As of the 26nd July 449,934 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 103,742 have received their second doses. This means that 76.7% of the target population have received at least one dose and 17.7% 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
The 7-day average of new cases per day is 827 cases per day or 934 cases per million population per day. Daily cases numbers remain high, and daily test positivity remains high, indicating ongoing widespread community transmission in the Suva-Nausori containment zone. Cases are also increasing in the Western Division. The Northern and Eastern Divisions currently have no active cases.
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
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 of home isolation.
2.) Symptomatic workers can also obtain a medical certificate for the 14 days self-isolation at home from participating General Practitioners (GPs).