COVID-19: 805 new cases and two deaths reported

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Sergeant Alpha Rokosuka of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces and Police Constable Ilaisa Tuimavana on guard at Cunningham, Stage 4, in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU/FILE.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported 805 new cases of COVID-19 in the last three days ending at 8am this morning.

“Since the last update on 29/12/2021, we have recorded a total of 805 new cases; of which 316 new cases were recorded on 30/12/2021, 223 new cases were recorded on 31/12/2021, and 266 new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am this morning,” stated the ministry in a statement this morning.

“Overall, there have been 54,077 cases recorded in the 2nd wave, with 71% of the cases from the Central Division, 27% of the cases from the Western Division, and 1% of the cases from the Eastern Division, and 1% from the Northern Division.”

“Of the 805 cases recorded since the last update, 388 cases were recorded in the Northern Division; 134 cases were recorded in the Western Division, and 283 cases were recorded in the Central Division.”

The national 7- day rolling average is 18 daily cases calculated for 28th December 2021.

There are two COVID-19 deaths to report.

The first COVID-19 death to report is of a 67-year-old male from Raiwaqa who died at home on December 29  in respiratory distress. He had a number of severe pre-existing medical conditions that have been assessed to also have contributed to his death. He received his first dose of the COVID -19 vaccine by the end of July and his second dose by the end of August. This means he was fully vaccinated.

The second COVID -19 death to report is of a 76-year-old male from Nadawa who died at home on December 31 in respiratory distress. He had a significant pre-existing medical condition that may have contributed to his death. He received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-July and his second dose by mid-September. This means he was fully vaccinated.

While both these deaths occurred in individuals who have been immunized with 2 doses of vaccine, they both had significant underlying medical conditions and were over the age of 50. It is known that these factors place a person at higher risk of severe disease, even if fully vaccinated.

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