Fiji Covid Update: 17 Deaths and 241 New Cases

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Lining up for Covid-19 vaccination. 📷 Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Fiji recorded 241 new cases and two new deaths in the past 24 hours to 8am Monday 28 March 2021. There are now 3,027 active cases in isolation.

Health Secretary James Fong said two people have died; a 50-year-old from Newtown in Nasinu and a 62-year-old from Raiwaqa, Suva however a third positive Covid-19 death is being investigated. According to Dr Fong, one man had received on Covid-19 vaccine dose while the other was not vaccinated.

He said the 50-year-old is believed to have died at home and was declared dead by doctors on arrival at the Valelevu Health Centre.

He was reported to have had severe respiratory distress before his death, Dr Fong said.

“According to protocol, he was swabbed at the health centre, and tested positive. His death has been classified as a Covid-19 death by the doctors at the health centre;

“He had received the first dose of the vaccine early this month. He was not fully vaccinated.”

Dr Fong said the 62-year-old from Grantham Rd was presented to the FEMAT field hospital with respiratory distress and died on the same day.

He had been having respiratory symptoms, including shortness of breath, for at least a week before presenting to FEMAT, he said.

“He was also swabbed and tested positive for Covid-19. He was not vaccinated.”

Five corrections officers are among the 241 new Covid-19 cases. The prison officers are from Suva and said to be close contacts of existing cases. They were undergoing quarantine at the Sugar Corporation compound (FSC) in Rakiraki Town.

“They were undergoing 14 days quarantine as part of the essential movement from the red zone to the green zone when they tested positive,” Dr Fong said.

Dr Fong says the remaining 236 new cases are from the Lami-Suva-Nausori containment zone.

Fiji continues to register new clusters as the situation worsens.

“There are 106 cases from existing areas of interest and 17 from the following new clusters: Fiji Times, Food City Suva, Matanisivoro Settlement, National Kidney Centre-Nadera, Suva City Council and Tamavua-i-Wai,” confirms Fong.

“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,” Dr Fong said.

Fiji have published a full breakdown of areas of interest, published online on the Health Ministry’s Covid-19 dashboard and on the Fijian Government Facebook page.

Lining up for Covid-19 vaccination. 📷 Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services.