Fiji has recorded 250 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 47,186 and 503 deaths since the outbreak in April.

Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 186 cases are from the Western division, 51 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island and 13 cases are from the Eastern division on the island of Kadavu.

“There are 13 new COVID-19 positive cases in Kadavu. This means there are now 270 active cases of COVID-19 in Kadavu. All these individuals have been isolated.

“There have been 1,102 new recoveries to report since the last update, which means that there are now 16,267 active cases.5130 active cases are in the Central Division, 10,862 active cases in the Western Division, five active cases in the Northern division (Nabouwalu and Macuata) and 270 active cases in the Eastern division (all in Kadavu).

“There have been 47,186 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021. We have recorded a total of 47,256 cases in Fiji since the first case was reported in March 2020, with 30,169 recoveries,” Dr Fong explained.

He said the one new COVID-19 death reported is a 71-year-old woman from Nausori, outside the capital Suva.

“She presented to the CWM hospital in severe respiratory distress. Sadly, she died 1 day after admission (01/09/2021). She was not vaccinated.

“There have been four more deaths of COVID-19 positive patients. However, these deaths have been classified as non-COVID deaths by their doctors. The doctors have determined that these deaths were caused by a serious pre-existing medical condition and not COVID-19.

“There have now been 505 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 503 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year. As of 28th August, the national 7-day rolling average of COVID-19 deaths per day is five. The 7-day rolling average for COVID-19 deaths per day in the Central division is one and in the Western division is four.

“We also have recorded 315 COVID-19 positive patients who died from the serious medical conditions that they had before they contracted COVID-19; these are not classified as COVID-19 deaths,” said Dr Fong.

He said there are currently 241 COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospitals in Fiji.

“106 patients are admitted at the Lautoka Hospital, 18 patients are admitted at the FEMAT field hospital, and 117 admitted at CWM hospital, St Giles, and Makoi.

“15 patients are considered to be in severe condition, and 14 are in critical condition,” Dr Fong said.

A total of 335,056 samples have been tested since this outbreak started in April 2021, with 377,917 tested since testing began in March 2020.

“1645 tests have been reported for 01 September.

“The national 7-day average daily test positivity is 22.4 percent which is on a downward trend but still indicating a high level of community transmission,” he said.

As of 01 September, 560,940 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 278,131 have received their second doses.

“This means that 96 percent of the target population have received at least one dose and 48.4 percent are now fully vaccinated nationwide,” said Dr Fong.