COVID-19 Fiji: 49 new cases; nine-year-old among four deaths

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Fiji has reported 49 new COVID-19 cases for the 24-hour period that ended at 8am today and four deaths for the period of August 5 to October 3, 2021.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said they are currently reviewing and reconciling our active case database with deaths and recoveries and as a result, we expect the death and recovery numbers to intermittently change as verifications are made

Dr Fong said all four COVID-19 deaths have been reported from the Central Division.

“The two deaths from August are being reported today due to a delay in the issuance of the official death certificate,” Dr Fong said.

Below are the details of the deceased persons provided this evening:

  • Nine-year-old child from Tailevu who died at home on 03/10/2021. His family reported that he had a history of cough and shortness of breath 2 weeks prior. He was not in the target population that is eligible to receive the vaccine. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises that we should all continue practicing strict COVID-19 safety measures to protect our vulnerable family members.
  • 29-year-old woman from Suva who died at home on 07/09/2021. She received the first dose of the vaccine in early July and did not receive the second dose of the vaccine. This means that she was not fully vaccinated.
  • 52-year-old woman from Suva who died at home on 09/08/2021. She was not vaccinated
  • 67-year-old man from Suva. He presented to the CWM hospital on 04/08/2021 in severe respiratory distress. Sadly, he died one day after admission (05/08/2021). He was not vaccinated.

At a glance as at October 5, 2021:

  • 62 new recoveries reported since the last update
  • 8,871 active cases
  • 51,203 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021
  • 51,273 cases in Fiji since the first case were reported in March 2020, with 41,251 recoveries.

Source: Ministry of Health PS Dr James Fong, COVID-19 Update (October 5/2021)

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