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Increasing Number of COVID Deaths At Home, 522 New Cases Recorded Today

There have now been 30 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 28 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.
04 Jul 2021 17:13
Increasing Number of COVID Deaths At Home, 522 New Cases Recorded Today

Fiji has recorded its highest daily COVID-19 new cases in this second wave.

522 new cases were recorded for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am today.

Three deaths were also confirmed. 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 cases at the following  LINK.

In a statement, Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong said  the 7-day average of new cases per day has increased to 367 cases per day or 386 cases per million population per day. As expected, with the increasing cases numbers
we are also seeing increasing numbers of people with severe disease, and more deaths in the Suva-Nausori containment zone.

“It remains a serious concern that some people with severe disease come to a medical facility only in the late stages of their illness. And we are still sadly seeing people with severe disease die at home or on the way to hospital, before our medical teams have a chance to administer what could potentially be life saving treatment.”

Dr Fong reiterated that all Fijians need to know the severe symptoms of COVID-19, which include:
• Difficulty breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• Severe headache for a few days
• New confusion, inability to wake or stay awake; and
• Pale, gray, or blue-coloured skin, lips or nail beds.

The first death recorded today is a 93 year old woman from Matata, Valenicinia Lami.

She died at home. According to protocol she was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. She was not vaccinated, Dr Fong said.

The two other deaths were previously reported as under investigation to determine if the cause of death was COVID-19. Doctors have now concluded that their deaths were caused by COVID-19.

The first was a 60 year old man from Lami Village who was declared dead on arrival at the Lami Health Centre. He died at home or on the way to the health facility. According to protocol he was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. He was not vaccinated.

The second was a 56 year old woman from Qauia in Lami who died at home. She also tested positive for COVID-19. She was not vaccinated.

Another death of a COVID-19 positive patient that was previously reported as under investigation to determine if COVID-19 was the cause of death has now been classified as a non-COVID death.

Doctors have determined that the person died from a pre-existing illness and not COVID-19.

There have now been 30 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 28 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. We also have recorded 13 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19.

There have been 108 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 4,909 active cases in isolation. There have been 6091 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 6161 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 1209 recoveries.



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