51 new covid cases confirmed in Fiji with fast-growing Nadi cluster

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Fiji health workers coping with the covid-19 pandemic crisis. Image: RNZ/AFP

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Fifty-one cases of covid-19 have been confirmed in Fiji tonight, with 35 of them from the fastest-growing cluster at Nadi.

This takes the total number of infections since the outbreak started in April to 900, with 684 active cases currently in isolation.

The Health Ministry said two cases were from the Lami-Nausori containment zone and their links to other cases are unknown.

Health Secretary Dr James Fong said the rest of the cases were linked to existing clusters: Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) – 6; Nawaka, Nadi – 35; Vunimono – 2; the government’s Covid-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) – 4 and Waila – 1.

Dr Fong said another case was a primary contact of an active case, and the connection to a cluster was being determined by the contact tracing teams.

He said the two unknown cases were from Raiwai in Suva, and Nakasi in Nausori.

Dr Fong also announced the death of an individual who was admitted at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital and then tested positive for covid-19.

Medical complications
He said the patient’s doctors had determined that he had died because of complications of the serious medical condition that led him to his admission in hospital.

“The ministry expresses our condolences to his family,” Dr Fong said.

Thirty nine cases were reported on Thursday, and Dr Fong said the outbreak remained primarily centred in the Lami-Suva-Nausori Containment Zone.

He said 22 patients had recovered with 684 active cases in isolation while 900 cases were recorded during the current outbreak that started two months ago.

There have been 970 cases recorded in Fiji since the first case was confirmed in March 2020, with 278 recoveries and four deaths.

Four other covid-19 positive patients have died from pre-existing illnesses and are non-related to the virus.

This article is republished under a community partnership agreement with RNZ.

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