Fiji has reported a file variety of Covid deaths over the previous week, together with two pregnant ladies, as the country struggles to contain a severe outbreak of the virus.
A complete of 21 individuals died between 14 and 20 July, the country’s health minister, James Fong, said. Another 1,091 new Covid instances have been additionally confirmed within the 24 hours to 8am on Wednesday.
Both pregnant ladies arrived at hospital affected by extreme respiratory misery final week and have been assessed by specialists who determined to carry out emergency caesarean sections, Fong stated.
The infants survived however “sadly, despite the best efforts of their attending physicians, both mothers passed away”, he stated.
“Maternal deaths at any time are a tragedy, and maternal deaths due to Covid-19 are a clear indication of the severity of this outbreak,” he continued.
Fiji had largely escaped the pandemic till April this 12 months, when a cluster linked to a quarantine facility emerged. Since then, the nation has recorded greater than 20,000 instances and 144 deaths. Over the previous week, the seven-day common each day take a look at positivity charge was 27.5%.
“Given the rapidly evolving situation, our teams have been working around the clock to reprioritise and focus our efforts to ensure we are protecting those most at risk of severe Covid-19 and dying – our elderly, people with existing medical conditions and pregnant women,” Fong stated.
“These shifts include changes to our testing services, home quarantine guidance, ensuring we are providing life-saving medical care to those people who are most at risk, and establishing vaccination for pregnant women.”
Only 14% of Fijians are totally vaccinated, although greater than 400,000 of the just about 900,000-strong inhabitants have acquired a primary vaccine dose.