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Fiji COVID-19 cases increasing daily

Suva, Fiji

Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services COVID-19 dashboard map of Viti Levu. 13 July 2021.

Fiji recorded 873 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths over a 24-hour period ending at 8am on July 12.

The country’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services said with daily increases in cases, they were seeing increasing cases of severe COVID-19 and increasing deaths.

One of the COVID-19 deaths recorded yesterday was a 15-year-old female from Colo-I-Suva who was declared dead on arrival at the Raiwaqa Health Center.

The Ministry said this meant that she either died at home or on her way to the health facility. Her family reported that she had been feeling unwell for two days. Her symptoms included cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain. She was not vaccinated; she was not in the target population of people 18 years and over that were eligible to receive the vaccine.

The other two COVID-19 deaths included a 56-year-old woman from Vatuwaqa who died at home, and a 87-year-old woman from Nasinu who died two days after admission to a field hospital.

9,310 active cases

According to the Ministry, there are now 9,310 active cases in Fiji. Since the outbreak started in April this year, there have been 11,315 cases and 56 deaths.

Since the first case was reported in March 2020, there have been 1,991 recoveries, and 58 deaths.

As at 11 July, 353,355 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 66,643 have received their second doses. This means that 60.2 % of the target population have received at least one dose and 11.4 % are now fully vaccinated nationwide.

The 7-day average of new cases per day is 696 cases per day or 787 cases per million population per day.

The Ministry is urging all Fijians to get vaccinated as soon as possible due to the increasing daily cases, hospitalizations, and deaths recorded.