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More Fiji COVID deaths

Fiji reported three more COVID-19 deaths as of July 11, with  485 new cases, bringing the total active cases to 8576.

There are now a total of 55 COVID deaths confirmed in Fiji, 53 of these deaths are during the outbreak from April this year.

The first COVID-19 death was a 77-year-old woman from Colo-I-Suva outside Fiji’s capital city. Her family reported that she had been feeling unwell for three days. She was not vaccinated. She died at home.

Also dead is a 75-year-old man who died at home. His family reported that he was feeling unwell for three days. He was not vaccinated.

The third COVID-19 death is a 38-year-old woman. A health response team attended to her at a medical facility and transferred her to the main hospital after she reported having severe symptoms of COVID-19. Her condition worsened in hospital and she died four days after admission. She was not vaccinated.

According to a Fijian Government statement, the country has recorded 21 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.

Meanwhile, the death of another COVID-19 positive patient is still under investigation.

According to Fiji’s Health Ministry, as of the 9th July, the 7-day rolling average of deaths per day is three. There have been 10,442 cases during the outbreak that started in April 2021.

Fiji COVID-19 awareness murals. Photo: UN-Habitat

Fiji in COVID crisis

July 10, 2021

Fiji is gripped in the middle of a COVID crisis as positive cases soar and the nation struggles to contain the spread.

The country had a record 860 new cases in the 24-hour period to Friday morning which brough the total to 9521 cases and 51 deaths, most since the second wave of the virus with the delta variant three months ago.

It doesn’t look like decreasing at this stage.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on people to “get the jab”.

“The Astra Zeneca vaccine which we are administering in Fiji does very well, it has been shown to offer 92 per cent protection against hospitalisation from the delta variant of the Covid 19 present in the country,” Mr Bainimarama said.

He announced new measures taken in enforcing the ‘no jab, no work’ policy adopted by the Fiji First Party government.

“No jabs no job, that is what the science tells us is the safest, and that is now policy of government enforced through law,” he said.

He has also defended his Government’s stance against lockdowns.

“(A lockdown) would not kill off the virus but it kills jobs. It would kill our country’s future,” he said.

However Fiji Labour Party Leader and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, in an opinion piece for the Pacific Advocate, has accused Mr Bainimarama of refusing to listen to advice that could improve the situation.

“The Prime Minister refused to heed any advice on how to deal with the rapidly worsening crisis. Even those from our regional neighbours, Australia and New Zealand, which have rushed to Fiji’s aid with vaccines, medical personnel and resources as well as funding grants to deal with the crisis,” he wrote.

He said it appears the “authorities have given up” as cases spiral out of control.

“Fiji has neither the resources nor the manpower to deal with the burgeoning crisis,” he said.

Accusing the Government of putting the economy about people’s health and lives, Mr Chaudrey said, “The nation is heading for a calamity of unimaginable proportions, yet government remains paranoid about reviving a failed economy, as if people’s lives don’t matter!”

Meanwhile Prime Minister Bainimarama has lashed out at anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists.

“I can tell you I have not been magnetised nor microchipped by the vaccine, I have not received the mark of the beast or any other creature.”

“The vaccine does not do that to anyone, not me nor to any of the 335,000 Fijians who have already received one or both doses.

Mahendra Chaudhry. Photo FLP
PM Voreqe Bainimarama. Photo Fiji Gov

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