Virus Surge At CWM

17 New Cases at CWM Hospital part of the 35 cases recorded in 24 hours 
03 Jun 2021 11:29
Virus Surge At CWM
The Emergency Department at Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital in lockdown on June 2, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Seventeen new COVID-19 cases were detected at CWM Hospital over 24 hours.

Last night 35 cases were announced.

All the new cases are from existing clusters except for one in Caubati:

  • QEB cluster – 7
  • CWM Hospital cluster – 17
  • Nawaka, Nadi cluster – 3
  • Navosai cluster – 4
  • Kinoya cluster – 2
  • Navy cluster – 1
  • Caubati – 1 (under investigation)


Update stats

Fourteen patients have recovered, which means there are now 323 active cases.

There have been 438 cases since this outbreak started in April 2021.

Fiji has had 508 cases in total since our first case was reported in March 2020, with 181 recoveries and 4 deaths.

Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong gave an update on the Colonial War Memorial Hospital last night.

“Last night  we conducted extensive swabbing at CWM Hospital,” Dr Fong said.

“We are still in the process of evaluating the data, and the results of testing will determine the best way to secure CWMH while continuing to safely provide medical services to Fijians who access health services at the hospital.”


Currently, CWMH is still open and providing the services delineated in last night’s update:

  • Non-emergency outpatient services are not available, including:
  • the special outpatients department,
  • and the Acute Medical Ward,
  • Acute Surgical Ward,
  • Beqa Ward,
  • and ANZ Ward remain on lockdown.

Emergency services are continuing at CWM Hospital.

The Emergency Department is functioning and inpatient pediatrics and obstetrics services are continuing.

n The Maternity Ward and Children’s Wing have developed stringent screening areas in the Antenatal Clinic area and the Children’s Outpatient Department for patients requiring urgent admission.

All access to from other parts of the hospital has been closed off to the Maternity and Children’s Wing. CWM hospital contingency plans for emergency scenarios have been final-ised.



Dr Fong made special mention of the help provded by the private sector.

“I would like to express the Ministry’s appreciation of the private sector, especially those in the hotel and accommodation industry, who stepped forward to assist us during these difficult times.

“We could not have had an effective COVID response unless we could ensure the welfare and safety of our own health care workers who were at the centre of the Ministry’s COVID-19 response.

“Because they are out in the community finding, interviewing and testing people who may have come into contact with an infected person, we have had to isolate them from their families for weeks now.

“We could not have done that without the support of our hotel industry, which stepped up and provided COVID-safe and affordable accommodation for our staff. It has been a great service to the country.

“The management and employees of all hotels and accommodation facilities where our staff are staying have done an outstanding job to prepare and maintain facilities that keep our staff safe and, in turn, keep us all safe.”



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