COVID-19 cases

485 new cases and three more deaths confirmed in Fiji

That compares to 506 cases and one death in the previous 24-hour period.

The Health Ministry said all four patients were unvaccinated.

On Friday, the ministry announced 860 positive cases and three deaths. All three patients were also not vaccinated against the virus.

Fiji now has 8576 active cases in isolation with 55 deaths - all but two of them from the latest outbreak which began in April this year. There has been a total of 10,512 COVID cases in Fiji since March, 2020.

Vanuatu government to decide on plight of students in Fiji

A number of ni-Vanuatu students at the University of the South Pacific have been caught up in Fiji's alarming COVID-19 outbreak, with several having tested positive for the virus and gone into isolation.

The Daily Post reports that Vanuatu's Prime Minister Bob Loughman was briefed on the students' situation Thursday by education officials.

A paper with options on how to support the students if they wish to return home is to be deliberated on by Vanuatu's Council of Ministers.

 

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Fiji’s new COVID-19 cases remain above 700

Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong said there have been 101 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 7,138 active cases.

Dr Fong added that there have been 8,591 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.

He said five of the patients who died were not vaccinated while one received only the first jab of the vaccine.

The virus is taking its toll on the elderly population with two women aged 80 succumbing to COVID-19.

The other cases are aged between 44 and 68 years.

Sydney sees highest Covid cases in months despite lockdown

The New South Wales state government reported 38 cases in its capital on Thursday, pushing the case number of this Delta outbreak over 370.

Authorities said people were breaching lockdown rules by going to other households.

They have pleaded with residents to abide by the stay-at-home order.

"We just need people to stop interacting for this lockdown to work," said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Fiji records 352 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths

Fiji’s Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said the first COVID-19 death is a 54-year-old man from Naikurukuru, Lami.

He was declared dead on arrival by the attending medical officer at the CWM Hospital Emergency Department.

His family reported that the individual had been unwell for at least a week with fever, headache and generalized weakness.

He was not vaccinated.

Dr Fong said the second COVID-19 death was a 62-year-old woman from Davuilevu who died at home.

Fiji’s new COVID-19 cases exceed 500

 

The first death is a 93-year-old woman from Matata, Valenicina Lami.

The woman died at home and according to protocol was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. She was not vaccinated.

Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong said the two other deaths were previously reported as under investigation to determine if the cause of death was COVID-19.

Dr Fong added that doctors have now concluded that their deaths were caused by COVID-19.

Fiji breaks record with 431 new COVID-19 cases in a day

Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said the first death was a 74-year-old man was brought to FEMAT in Suva in acute respiratory distress.

The second case was a 71-year-old man also brought to FEMAT unresponsive.

A death which was previously under investigation has now been classified by the clinical team also as a COVID death.

There have now been 24 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 22 during the outbreak that started in April this year.

One more death, 266 new cases in Fiji

The Health Ministry says one case is from the Nawakalevu containment area in Nadi, while the remaining 265 cases are from the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone.

Health Secretary James Fong said 102 cases are from existing clusters in this zone, and there are no new clusters to report.

He said the remaining cases are contacts of known cases, cases that were seen in screening clinics and were swabbed, and cases under investigation to determine possible sources of transmission.

NSW COVID cases not enough to spark snap Sydney lockdown, yet

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian did not mince her words yesterday when she described the past week as the "most serious moment for the state" since the pandemic began.

There have so far been 49 locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the state since a limousine driver tested positive last Wednesday, and more infections are expected to be announced at 11:00am today.

"We're dealing with a virus that is extremely contagious," Ms Berejiklian said.

Fiji sets another new daily record of 308 COVID-19 cases

Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said of the new cases, 297 are from the Lami-Nausori Containment Zone, and 11 are from Tramline Nadi.

218 of the cases in Lami-Suva-Nausori are from existing areas of interest, including 153 from Qauia settlement in Lami.

12 cases are from new areas of interest that include Goodman Fielder, Goundar Shipping Company, Nausori Police Barracks, and St. Giles Hospital.

The remaining cases are contacts of known cases, or cases that were seen in screening clinics and were swabbed.