Ministry of Health

Fiji records more than 700 new COVID-19 cases

Eleven people tested positive for COVID-19 died between 22nd July to 27th July.

There have now been 206 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 204 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

Another 102 COVID-19 positive patients also died but their deaths were not classified as COVID-19 deaths.

They were reported to have had serious medical conditions before contracting COVID-19.

102-year old woman in Fiji among latest COVID-19 deaths

The death of the centenarian is one of 15 deaths recorded between 19 July and 21 July.

Fiji has recorded a total of 918 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hour period ending at 8am yesterday.

According to the Ministry of Health, of the 15 new deaths, 11 people were over the age of 60 while the other four were in their 40s and 50s.

161 people have died from COVID-19, with 159 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

There have been 179 new recoveries reported since the last update.

There are now 16,403 active cases.

Over 17,000 people fully vaccinated in Samoa

The Ministry of Health said from the 17,199 that are vaccinated, a total of 9,497 are male and 7,702 are female.

These statistics account to 14.1 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated.

The health ministry also stated that a total of 56,296 people have received their first dose of the vaccine with 31,401 males and 24,895 females which represent 46.2 per cent of the eligible population vaccinated.

Samoa considers lowering minimum age for COVID-19 vaccines

The ministry is also looking into immunizing new mothers against the deadly virus.

Director-General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, said they are looking at the possibility of vaccinating children starting from 12-years-old and breastfeeding mothers who have been breastfeeding for six months and over.

“The consideration to lower the minimum age relies on the arrival of promised Pfizer–BioNTech vaccines from the Government of New Zealand.”

Fiji records 1,180 new COVID-19 cases

There have been five new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 13th July to 16th July.

There have now been 85 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 83 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year.

We also have recorded 34 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.

There have been 159 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 12,975 active cases.

Fiji records ten deaths from COVID-19 in five days

According to the Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong, most of the deaths are elderly people.

Six of them are women and four men.

The oldest is a 92-year-old man who was not vaccinated and the youngest is a 42-year-old woman who was not fully vaccinated.

From the current list of deaths, eight are not vaccinated while two have received their first doses of the vaccine.

In the midst of these deaths, Fiji has recorded 634 new cases for the 24 hour period that ended at 8am yesterday.

Samoa resumes COVID-19 immunization programme

The Ministry of Health had to wait for 15 million new doses distributed by the Australian Government across the Pacific. 

The 10,000 new doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Samoa last Friday, courtesy of the Australian Government.

Another 10,000 doses are expected to arrive by the end of this week.

According to the Ministry of Health’s latest update, 10,189 people have now been fully vaccinated against the virus while 53,230 people have only had their first doses.

Samoa launches new e-Health system

The new system was launched by the caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Tuilaepa said Telemedicine allows patients to consult with a doctor long distance.

“It gives me great pleasure to officially launch the e-Health developments, for Samoa," he said.

Caretaker Minister of Health Faimalotoa Kika Stowers and Health Director General Leausa  Dr. Take Naseri also attended the launch at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Motootua. 

Fiji’s new COVID-19 cases remain above 700

Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Dr James Fong said there have been 101 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 7,138 active cases.

Dr Fong added that there have been 8,591 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.

He said five of the patients who died were not vaccinated while one received only the first jab of the vaccine.

The virus is taking its toll on the elderly population with two women aged 80 succumbing to COVID-19.

The other cases are aged between 44 and 68 years.

Samoa to receive 10,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on Friday

The Ministry of Health temporarily suspended the vaccine roll out after they ran out of supplies on Monday. 

MOH Director, Lesua Dr. Take Naseri said they are expecting the vaccines to arrive this week.

The ministry is also pleading with the public to be patient saying there is no harm in delaying the second dose as prescribed on the vaccination card as the interval between the first and second shot can be up to 12 weeks.