Fiji has reported a document 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 folks died between 14 and 20 July, the country’s health minister, James Fong, said. One other 1,091 new Covid instances had been additionally confirmed within the 24 hours to 8am on Wednesday.
Each pregnant ladies arrived at hospital affected by extreme respiratory misery final week and had been assessed by specialists who determined to carry out emergency caesarean sections, Fong stated.
The infants survived however “sadly, regardless of the very best efforts of their attending physicians, each moms handed away”, he stated.
“Maternal deaths at any time are a tragedy, and maternal deaths resulting from Covid-19 are a transparent 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 every day check positivity price was 27.5%.
“Given the quickly evolving state of affairs, our groups have been working across the clock to reprioritise and focus our efforts to make sure we’re defending these most liable to extreme Covid-19 and dying – our aged, folks with present medical situations and pregnant ladies,” Fong stated.
“These shifts embrace adjustments to our testing companies, house quarantine steering, guaranteeing we’re offering life-saving medical care to these people who find themselves most in danger, and establishing vaccination for pregnant ladies.”
Solely 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.