COVID-19: Fiji reports 784 new cases; 7 of 15 deaths reported died at home

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The number of COVID-19 deaths in Fiji has continued to increase as confirmed positive cases fluctuate on a daily basis.

In the 24-hour period ending at 8am today, the Ministry of Health has reported 784 new cases of COVID-19, and 15 virus-related deaths recorded between July 12-19.

Seven of those cases were reported to have died at home, and six had not been vaccinated.

The 15 deaths now bring to 113 the total number of deaths recorded in the country, with 111 of those deaths recorded during the second outbreak in April this year.

Here are some details provided this evening in relation to the 15 deaths announced tonight:

  • A 65-year-old woman from Laucala Beach. She presented to the CWM Hospital Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress. She died seven days after admission (18/07/2021). She received the first dose of the vaccine in early-June. She had not received the second dose of the vaccine. This means that she was not fully vaccinated;
  • A 77-year-old man from Valelevu who died at home on 18/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 47-year-old man from Lami who died at home on 12/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 67-year-old woman from Nasinu who died at home (17/07/2021). Her family reported that she was unwell with COVID-19 symptoms for one week prior. She was not vaccinated;
  • A 51-year-old man from Colo-i-Suva who died at home on 17/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 40-year-old man from Lami. He presented to the FEMAT field hospital in respiratory distress. He died six days after admission (17/07/2021). He was not vaccinated;
  • A 72-year-old man from Nabua. He presented to a medical facility in severe respiratory distress. He was retrieved by a medical team to the CWM hospital. He died one day later in hospital (18/07/2021). He was not vaccinated;
  • A 65-year-old man from Suva who died at home on 18/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • An 81-year-old woman from Samabula. She presented to the CWM Hospital emergency department in severe respiratory distress. She died in hospital on the same day 19/07/2021. She was not vaccinated;
  • A 63-year-old man from Delainavesi who died at home (17/07/2021). He was not vaccinated;
  • A 79-year-old woman from Cunningham who died at home (17/07/2021). She was not fully vaccinated;
  • A 73-year-old woman from Suva. She presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress. She died in hospital one day later on 18/07/2021. She was not vaccinated;
  • An 83-year-old man from Nasese. He presented to the FEMAT field hospital in severe respiratory distress. He died four days after admission on 17/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 65-year-old man from Suva. He presented to the CWM hospital in severe respiratory distress. He died in hospital on 18/07/2021. He was not vaccinated;
  • A 50-year-old woman from Dakuibeqa. She presented to the CWM hospital in severe respiratory distress and she died in hospital on 16/07/2021. She was not vaccinated.

Some statistics provided this evening (July 19):

  • 784 new COVID-19 cases reported
  • 15 deaths reported between July 12 and July 19
  • 7 more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients; their deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. Doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by serious pre-existing medical conditions and not COVID-19
  • 17 deaths currently under investigation
  • 113 deaths due to COVID-19 recorded in Fiji
  • 111 of those deaths recorded during the outbreak that started in April 2021
  • 48 COVID-19 positive patients died from the serious medical conditions they had before they contracted COVID-19 (not classified as COVID-19 deaths)
  • 125 new recoveries reported since the last update
  • 14,247 active cases
  • 18,228 cases recorded during the outbreak that started in April 2021
  • 18,298 cases recorded in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 3890 recoveries.

Source: Ministry of Health PS Dr James Fong, COVID-19 Update, July 19 (2021)

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