COVID-19 pandemic in Fiji

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COVID-19 pandemic in Fiji
Fiji COVID-19.png
Map of cases in Fiji by regions as of 7 May 2021
  150+ Confirmed cases
  101-150 Confirmed cases
  51-100 Confirmed cases
  11-50 Confirmed cases
  1-10 Confirmed cases
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Source: The Fijian Government Website as of 25 April 2021
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationFiji
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseLautoka, Western Division, Viti Levu
Arrival date19 March 2020 (2020-03-19)
(1 year and 3 months ago)
Confirmed cases1,648
Active cases1,182
Recovered452
Deaths
7[1]
Fatality rate0.42%
Vaccinations
  • 252,791 of the target population of 587,651 has received at least one dose.
    43%
  • 12,246 of the target population of 587,651 has been fully vaccinated.
    2%
Government website
Health.gov.fj

The COVID-19 pandemic in Fiji is part of the ongoing worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of the disease in Fiji was reported on 19 March 2020 in Lautoka. As of 18 June 2021, the country has had a total of 1,648 cases as of which 1,182 are currently active and 7 deaths, with all cases recorded in the islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. A total of 7 COVID-19 patients have died from pre-existing non-COVID-19 related illnesses. In March 2021 Fiji became the first Pacific island country to receive the COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX initiative with frontline workers and first responders the first to be vaccinated. Out of the target population of 587,651, more than 250,000 Fijians have received their first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In the early stages of the pandemic, Fiji imposed travel bans on highly affected countries. As the pandemic worsen, Fiji closed all borders and ports to non residents. Ports were closed on 16 March 2020 and the main international airport in Nadi was closed on 26 March 2020. Returning citizens were required to self isolate at a government funded facility for 14 days, supervised by Health Officials and the Military. Domestically, the government responded by imposing a national curfew, restricting large gatherings and closing down schools and non essential services. The government imposed lockdowns in the two largest cities of Lautoka and Suva and developed a contact tracing app named careFIJI. The government established a Centre for Disease Control for COVID-19 testing and built fever clinics nationwide for temperature checks. Such measures has helped eliminate local transmissions of the virus for more than a year.

From July 2020 to April 2021, Fiji has only recorded cases from managed quarantine facilities at the border as repatriation flights brought stranded citizens back home. This has allowed the country to relax its COVID-19 restrictions to boost its economic recovery however on 19 April 2021, Fiji confirmed its first community case as a result of a breach in protocol.[2] In response, the township of Nadi and the city of Lautoka went into a lockdown and previous health restrictions were re-imposed all over the country with the national curfew revised. As local transmission cases soared exacerbated by the Delta variant, the Government sealed off Viti Levu establishing Suva, Lautoka, Nadi, Nausori, Rakiraki and Lami as containment areas and activating the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT). The virus penetrated prominent hospitals of Fiji including the Fiji CDC and the headquarters of the Ministry of Health which prompted senior health officials to go into self isolation. High number of cases were recorded from the Western and Central division with the highest number of cases being from the containment of Suva, Nausori and Lami alone. Fiji also confirmed five deaths from a locally transmitted case of the virus.

The pandemic forced Fiji to reduce its interest rate. The country's economy is expected to contract after decades of economic growth due to the pandemic's impact on tourism, retail, manufacturing and trade. The International Labour Organisation and the Asian Development Bank issued reports about workers being affected and warned about the rising youth unemployment rate and child labour. The impacts has also prompted residents to leave the country for short term employment overseas. There were even reported incidents of racism and xenophobia against Chinese people or to those perceived as such. Misinformation and conspiracy theories surfaced about the COVID-19 vaccines, the origin of the virus and the government's response to the pandemic. Domestic violence and assault cases against women also increased as a result of lockdowns.

Background[edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, who had initially come to the attention of the WHO on 31 December 2019.[3][4]

Compared to SARS of 2003, the case fatality ratio for COVID-19 [5][6] has been much lower, but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[7][5]

Timeline[edit]


COVID-19 cases in Fiji  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases
2020202020212021
MarMarAprAprMayMayJunJunJulJulAugAugSepSepOctOctNovNovDecDec
JanJanFebFebMarMarAprAprMayMayJunJun
Last 15 daysLast 15 days
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-19
1(n.a.)
2020-03-20
1(=)
2020-03-21
2(+100%)
2020-03-22
2(=)
2020-03-23
3(+50%)
2020-03-24
4(+33%)
2020-03-25
5(+25%)
5(=)
2020-04-02
7(+40%)
2020-04-03
7(=)
2020-04-04
12(+71%)
2020-04-05
12(=)
2020-04-06
14(+17%)
2020-04-07
15(+7.1%)
2020-04-08
15(=)
2020-04-09
15(=)
2020-04-10
16(+6.7%)
16(=)
2020-04-16
17(+6.2%)
17(=)
2020-04-20
18(+5.9%)
2020-04-21
18(=)
2020-04-22
18(=)
2020-04-23
18(=)
2020-04-24
18(=)
18(=)
2020-04-27
18(=)
18(=)
2020-04-30
18(=)
2020-05-01
18(=)
2020-05-02
18(=)
18(=)
2020-05-15
18(=)
18(=)
2020-06-05
18(=)
18(=)
2020-07-06
19(+5.6%)
2020-07-07
21(+11%)
21(=)
2020-07-10
26(+24%)
26(=)
2020-07-20
27(+3.8%)
27(=)
2020-07-31
27(=) 1(n.a.)
27(=) 1(=)
2020-08-12
27(=) 1(=)
2020-08-13
28(+3.7%) 1(=)
28(=) 1(=)
2020-08-22
28(=) 1(=)
28(=) 1(=)
2020-08-25
28(=) 2(+100%)
28(=) 2(=)
2020-09-01
29(+3.6%) 2(=)
2020-09-02
29(=) 2(=)
2020-09-03
29(=) 2(=)
2020-09-04
31(+6.9%) 2(=)
31(=) 2(=)
2020-09-08
32(+3.2%) 2(=)
32(=) 2(=)
2020-09-22
32(=) 2(=)
32(=) 2(=)
2020-10-13
32(=) 2(=)
32(=) 2(=)
2020-10-21
33(+3.1%) 2(=)
33(=) 2(=)
2020-10-27
33(=) 2(=)
33(=) 2(=)
2020-10-30
34(+3%) 2(=)
34(=) 2(=)
2020-11-11
35(+2.9%) 2(=)
35(=) 2(=)
2020-11-25
38(+8.6%) 2(=)
38(=) 2(=)
2020-11-30
42(+11%) 2(=)
42(=) 2(=)
2020-12-03
44(+4.8%) 2(=)
44(=) 2(=)
2020-12-08
44(=) 2(=)
44(=) 2(=)
2020-12-11
46(+4.5%) 2(=)
46(=) 2(=)
2020-12-17
46(=) 2(=)
46(=) 2(=)
2020-12-22
46(=) 2(=)
46(=) 2(=)
2020-12-29
49(+6.5%) 2(=)
49(=) 2(=)
2021-01-06
53(+8.2%) 2(=)
53(=) 2(=)
2021-01-15
55(+3.8%) 2(=)
55(=) 2(=)
2021-02-03
56(+1.8%) 2(=)
56(=) 2(=)
2021-02-10
56(=) 2(=)
56(=) 2(=)
2021-02-24
57(+1.8%) 2(=)
2021-02-25
57(=) 2(=)
2021-02-26
59(+3.5%) 2(=)
59(=) 2(=)
2021-03-03
63(+6.8%) 2(=)
63(=) 2(=)
2021-03-08
66(+4.8%) 2(=)
66(=) 2(=)
2021-03-13
66(=) 2(=)
66(=) 2(=)
2021-04-17
72(+9.1%) 2(=)
2021-04-18
72(=) 2(=)
2021-04-19
73(+1.4%) 2(=)
2021-04-20
77(+5.5%) 2(=)
2021-04-21
78(+1.3%) 2(=)
2021-04-22
86(+10%) 2(=)
2021-04-23
86(=) 2(=)
2021-04-24
87(+1.2%) 2(=)
2021-04-25
91(+4.6%) 2(=)
2021-04-26
103(+13%) 2(=)
2021-04-27
109(+5.8%) 2(=)
2021-04-28
111(+1.8%) 2(=)
2021-04-29
116(+4.5%) 2(=)
2021-04-30
117(+0.86%) 2(=)
2021-05-01
119(+1.7%) 2(=)
2021-05-02
119(=) 2(=)
2021-05-03
121(+1.7%) 2(=)
2021-05-04
121(=) 2(=)
2021-05-05
125(+3.3%) 2(=)
2021-05-06
129(+3.2%) 3(+50%)
2021-05-07
136(+5.4%) 3(=)
2021-05-08
136(=) 3(=)
2021-05-09
139(+2.2%) 3(=)
2021-05-10
140(+0.72%) 3(=)
2021-05-11
152(+8.6%) 3(=)
2021-05-12
161(+5.9%) 3(=)
2021-05-13
165(+2.5%) 4(+33%)
2021-05-14
166(+0.61%) 4(=)
2021-05-15
168(+1.2%) 4(=)
2021-05-16
172(+2.4%) 4(=)
2021-05-17
174(+1.2%) 4(=)
2021-05-18
178(+2.3%) 4(=)
2021-05-19
189(+6.2%) 4(=)
2021-05-20
190(+0.53%) 4(=)
2021-05-21
195(+2.6%) 4(=)
2021-05-22
206(+5.6%) 4(=)
2021-05-23
230(+12%) 4(=)
2021-05-24
238(+3.5%) 4(=)
2021-05-25
259(+8.8%) 4(=)
2021-05-26
286(+10%) 4(=)
2021-05-27
314(+9.8%) 4(=)
2021-05-28
360(+15%) 4(=)
2021-05-29
378(+5%) 4(=)
2021-05-30
401(+6.1%) 4(=)
2021-05-31
438(+9.2%) 4(=)
2021-06-01
473(+8%) 4(=)
2021-06-02
508(+7.4%) 4(=)
2021-06-03
536(+5.5%) 4(=)
2021-06-04
571(+6.5%) 4(=)
2021-06-05
604(+5.8%) 4(=)
2021-06-06
687(+14%) 4(=)
2021-06-07
751(+9.3%) 4(=)
2021-06-08
845(+13%) 4(=)
2021-06-09
880(+4.1%) 4(=)
2021-06-10
919(+4.4%) 4(=)
2021-06-11
970(+5.5%) 4(=)
2021-06-12
1,014(+4.5%) 4(=)
2021-06-13
1,118(+10%) 4(=)
2021-06-14
1,206(+7.9%) 4(=)
2021-06-15
1,322(+9.6%) 5(+25%)
2021-06-16
1,443(+9.2%) 5(=)
2021-06-17
1,553(+7.6%) 6(+20%)
2021-06-18
1,648(+6.1%) 7(+17%)
Sources:

February 2020[edit]

On 3 February, the Government of Fiji toughened border security. Borders were closed to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China within 14 days of their intended travel to Fiji.[8] Measures to maintain a hygienic environment and screening ill passengers will continue to be taken in-flight to further minimise any risk.[9]

On 27 February, Fiji extended its travel ban and announced that travellers from Italy, Iran and the South Korean cities of Daegu and Cheongdo would be denied entry. From 28 February, all cruise ships entering Fiji have been required to make first berths at ports in Suva and Lautoka, where passengers undergo medical and travel history checks.[10]

March 2020[edit]

On 15 March, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama had announced that from 16 March cruise ships will be banned from berthing anywhere in Fiji and international events will not be allowed in Fiji. Government ministers and staff will be restricted from travelling overseas.[11]

On 19 March, Fiji confirmed its first case, a 27 year old Fijian citizen and flight attendant of Fiji Airways. He had arrived from San Francisco returning via Nadi on 16 March. On 17 March, he had travelled from Nadi to Auckland and a return from Auckland to Nadi on the same day. He was admitted to Lautoka Hospital.[12] Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced a further extension of the ban to foreign nationals who had been present in the United States, as well as all of Europe including the United Kingdom. Also all travellers arriving in or returning to Fiji from outside of the country had to self-isolate for 14 days.[13] On 20 March, all schools and non-essential businesses in Lautoka had been closed at midnight, however banks, supermarkets, pharmacies and essential businesses remained open.[14][15] The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar in consultation with the Prime Minister announced that the national term one school holidays that were initially scheduled from 20 April to 1 May would be brought forward, to 23 March to 3 April.[16] Fiji Airways suspended all international flights until the end of May, with the exception of twice-weekly services between Singapore and Nadi.[17] The government established two fever clinics in Lautoka.[18]

On 21 March, Fiji confirmed its second case and the first local transmission case through household contact. She is the mother of the first patient and was admitted in Nadi Hospital. Other family members remained in quarantine and being monitored.[19]

On 23 March, Fiji confirmed its third case, a one-year-old nephew of the first patient.[20] The government established eight fever clinics around the country with six clinics running in Nasinu, Labasa, Savusavu, and Nabouwalu. Two others had been running in Lautoka since 20 March.[21]

On 24 March, Fiji confirmed its fourth case, a 28-year-old Fijian citizen, who had returned from Sydney over the weekend and was not related to the first three cases. He and his immediate family members were in quarantine and being monitored at the Navua Hospital.[22] Fiji Airways had suspended all Singapore and Hong Kong flights after the two countries introduced border restrictions.[23]

On 25 March, Fiji confirmed its fifth case, a 31-year-old female from Lautoka. She was in contact with the first case, the flight attendant.[24] Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced that Nadi International Airport would shut down from 26 March and all local shipping services would cease from 29 March.[25]

On 26 March, Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum revealed the COVID-19 response budget.[26]

On 27 March, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. that would take effect on 30 March.[27]

On 30 March, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar announced that the school holidays would be extended for another two weeks until 17 April.[28]

April 2020[edit]

On 1 April, Minister for Health and Medical Services Ifereimi Waqainabete announced that the Lautoka lock down will be extended till 7 April to ensure that no COVID-19 cases left undetected.[29]

On 2 April, Fiji confirmed two cases, a couple from Suva. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama stated that the sixth case is a 22-year-old woman and the seventh case is her 33-year-old husband. They are admitted at Navua Hospital. Due to this, the Prime Minister announced that Suva will be going into a lockdown effective from 3 April at 5 a.m. Also, the government renewed the national curfew where it will start from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.[30]

On 4 April, Fiji confirmed five cases from Labasa, Suva, Nadi and Lautoka. Two cases was confirmed in Labasa, a 53-year-old Fijian citizen who is the ninth case, he is related to the sixth and seventh case and is admitted at Labasa Hospital. The ninth case had arrived from India via Singapore on 22 March. He had failed to isolate for 14 days, thus increasing the risk of community transmission in Fiji. It is believed that he contracted the disease while attending the Tablighi Jamaat in India. An eighth case was confirmed in Lautoka, a 39-year-old female from Natowaqa. She is admitted at Lautoka Hospital. A tenth case was confirmed in Nadi, a 20-year-old Fijian citizen from Nadovi with travel history to Auckland. An eleventh case was confirmed in Labasa, the 26-year-old daughter-in-law of the ninth case. A twelfth case was confirmed in Suva, a 11-year-old female who contracted the disease from her parents, the sixth and seventh cases. She is admitted at Navua Hospital.[31][32]

On 6 April, Fiji confirmed two cases from Labasa and Lautoka. In Lautoka, the thirteen case of the sister of Fiji's first case was confirmed positive of the disease. She is also the mother of the third case a one-year-old boy who was also confirmed positive of the disease earlier. In Labasa, the fourteen case was the 53-year-old wife of the ninth case. She was taken into isolation two days before being diagnosed positive.[33]

On 7 April, Fiji confirmed its fifteenth case, a 33-year-old man from Lautoka. This case is linked to the first case of the flight attendant. He is the husband of the fifth case.[34] Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho had confirmed that a police investigation would proceed for the 27-year-old flight attendant from Lautoka who was the first confirmed COVID-19 case and the ninth case a 53-year-old Labasa man for allegedly breaching the Public Health Regulations.[35]

On 10 April, Fiji confirmed its sixteenth case, a 9-year-old female from Labasa. She is the granddaughter of the ninth case and is admitted in Labasa hospital.[36]

On 16 April, Fiji confirmed its seventeenth case, a 21-year-old male from Labasa. He is the relative of the ninth case.[37] Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced that schools will remain closed till 15 June. He also announced the extension of the quarantine period to a full 28 days, both for anyone who is newly quarantined and to those who currently are waiting out their initial 14-day period.[38]

On 20 April, Fiji confirmed its eighteenth case, a 51-year-old Fijian citizen who resides in Ba. She had arrived from the United States on 22 March.[39] Meanwhile, three people have recovered and had been discharged from hospital.[40]

May 2020[edit]

On 2 May, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama confirmed two additional recoveries with a 78% recovery rate.[41]

On 8 May, Fiji Airways extended all flight suspension till the end of June due to the prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.[42]

On 15 May, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama confirmed one additional recovery. He added that the curfew hours would still remain in place.[43]

June 2020[edit]

On 5 June, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama confirmed the recovery of all the three remaining active cases, entailing a 100% recovery rate.[44] The Ministry of Education extended the school break for another two weeks with the anticipated reopening date set on 30 June.[45]

On 21 June, Fiji announced the relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions as part of its efforts to restart the economy. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced new nationwide curfew hours from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. that came into effect on 22 June. Social gathering numbers, which also include gatherings at weddings, funerals, cafes, restaurants and worship, were increased from 20 to 100 people. Gyms, fitness centers, cinemas and swimming pools were re-opened on 22 June, however nightclubs remained closed. Schools were re-opened for year 12 and 13 students on 30 June, and universities could also re-open for face to face classes. The Prime Minister announced the Bula Bubble plan for some Pacific Island countries and also for the Australian and New Zealand tourism markets. The plan stipulated that travellers could either present a medical certificate from a recognized medical institution certifying their 14 days quarantine in their home country, along with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours upon arriving in Fiji, or complete 14 days quarantine in Fiji at their own cost, after which they could start their Bula Bubble.[46]

On 30 June, Fiji quarantined 160 Fijian peacekeeping soldiers who had returned from Sinai in Egypt. The military had expressed concern that some of the troops may have been in contact with individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19.[47]

July 2020[edit]

On 1 July 112 Fijians had arrived in Nadi on a repatriation flight from India. The returning citizens had been transferred to a government funded quarantine facility. A Fijian citizen died on board the flight operated by Garuda Indonesia. He was tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding the flight from New Delhi, India.[48][49]

On 6 July, Fiji confirmed its nineteenth COVID-19 case. A 66-year-old Fijian citizen who had returned from India. He was transferred at Nadi hospital to be quarantined.[50]

On 7 July, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 cases. Patient twenty is a 37-year-old man who is the son of the nineteenth case a 66-year-old man. The other confirmed case is a 36-year-old woman, both cases had returned from India.[51]

On 10 July, Fiji confirmed five COVID-19 cases. The five are a 44-year-old male, a 38-year-old female, a 51-year-old male, a 29-year-old female and a 47-year-old male. All five cases returned from India.[52]

On 20 July, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case. A 50-year-old female who was repatriated from India.[53]

On 31 July, Fiji recorded its first death from COVID-19. A 66-year-old man who was repatriated from India.[54]

August 2020[edit]

On 12 August, Fiji confirmed two additional COVID-19 recoveries in managed isolation.[55]

On 13 August, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case. A 61-year-old male who had travelled from Sacramento, United States, transiting through Auckland and arriving in Nadi on flight NZ 952 on 6 August.[56]

On 22 August, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 recoveries.[57]

On 25 August, Fiji confirmed a second COVID-19 death: the 61-year-old who arrived on 6 August.[58]

September 2020[edit]

On 1 September, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case. A 25-year-old female nurse who contracted the disease while treating patients in managed isolation.[59]

On 2 September, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 recoveries.[60]

On 4 September, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 cases. A 55-year-old and 22-year-old male who had arrived from New Delhi, India on 27 August.[61]

On 8 September, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case. A 64-year-old female who had arrived from India.[62]

On 22 September, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 recoveries.[63]

October 2020[edit]

On 13 October, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services confirmed two COVID-19 recoveries.[64][65]

On 21 October, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case.[66][67]

On 27 October, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 recovery.[68]

On 30 October, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case; a 57-year-old male who was repatriated from Nairobi, Kenya.[69]

November 2020[edit]

On 2 November, Fiji Rugby Union CEO, John O'Connor confirmed that three Fijians from the Flying Fijian team tested positive for COVID-19 in Limoges, France.[70][71][72] On 8 November, the Fiji Rugby Union announced that the three infected players tested negative.[73]

On 11 November, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case; 53-year-old male who arrived on a repatriation flight from New Zealand.[74]

On 14 November, the FRU confirmed four cases of COVID-19; they are among the Flying Fijian team in France.[75]

On 18 November, 29 members from the Flying Fijian team tested positive for COVID-19.[76]

On 25 November, Fiji confirmed three COVID-19 cases. The first two cases are in their 40s and the third case is a 51 year old non citizen.[77] All three cases arrived on a repatriation flight from Auckland on 15 November.[78]

On 30 November, Fiji confirmed four COVID-19 cases. They are a 28-year-old female and 58-year-old male who had travelled from Kenya, a 36-year-old male traveling from Mali, and a 53-year-old male traveling from France.[79]

December 2020[edit]

On 3 December, Fiji confirmed two new cases of COVID-19; they are a 75 year old and 57 year old both females who lived in Auckland, New Zealand. Though they had both tested negative prior to departing Auckland, they subsequently tested positive during the 12th day of their time in managed isolation in Fiji. The Fijian Health Ministries believes they contracted the virus from a positive case who was traveling on the same flight.[80][81]

On 5 December, the Ministry of Health launched an investigation about a COVID-19 related risk at the Lautoka Hospital and disallowed visitors from entering.[82][83]

On 6 December, Fiji confirmed that two sailors aboard a cargo ship that entered the country on 2 December tested positive for COVID-19.[a][84] The sailors as well as border officials that had close contacts with them were quarantined.[85] However this cases were not counted as official border cases as the Ministry was awaiting information on whether these individuals have tested positive in another country.[86]

On 8 December, Fiji confirmed two recoveries.[87]

On 11 December, Fiji counted the two unofficial border cases from 6 December as part of its total tally of cases as New Zealand health authorities have confirmed that they had tested negative on 5 and 12 November while undergoing 14 days of quarantine in New Zealand.[88]

On 17 December, Fiji confirmed two recoveries.[89]

On 22 December, Fiji confirmed two recoveries entailing a 100% recovery rate.[90] The COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT)[b] announced that all inbound passenger flights to Fiji scheduled between 24 December and 28 December have been ceased.[91] This is in response of the discovery of a new variant of the novel coronavirus, Variant of Concern 202012/01 in the United Kingdom which appears to be more contagious than previous variants.[92] Thus, the Ministry of Health used that time to conduct an extensive review of its border quarantine processes.[93][94]

On 29 December, Fiji confirmed three COVID-19 cases. They are a 32-year-old male and a 32-year-old female that arrived from New Delhi, India.[95] The third case is a 34-year-old female who travelled from England and arrived in Fiji from Hong Kong.[96][97]

January 2021[edit]

On 6 January, Fiji confirmed four COVID-19 cases. They are a 25-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman who arrived from New Delhi, India.[98] The third case is a 35-year-old man who travelled from the United Kingdom and arrived in Fiji from Auckland and the other case is a 55-year-old man who travelled from Mali and arrived from Auckland.[99] The Ministry of Health also added that there is another positive case however the case is considered historical since the 39-year-old man had already tested positive between October and December while travelling in France and the United Kingdom.[100]

On 15 January, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 cases.[101] They are a 49-year-old female and 58-year-old female who arrived from New Zealand on 24 December 2020.[102]

February 2021[edit]

On 3 February, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case. This is a 48-year-old male who travelled from Indonesia before arriving in Nadi on 27 January 2021. There is also another case however this is considered historical as the individual tested positive in Ireland.[103][104]

On 10 February, Fiji confirmed one recovery.[105]

On 11 February, Fiji approved access to the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for its national COVID-19 vaccination programme.[106]

On 24 February, Fiji confirmed one COVID-19 case. This is a 30-year-old male who travelled from Manila, Philippines before arriving in Nadi on 18 February.[107]

On 26 February, Fiji confirmed two COVID-19 cases. The first is a 22-year-old male who travelled to Fiji from Durban, South Africa and the second is a 66-year-old female who travelled from Sacramento, USA.[108]

March 2021[edit]

On 3 March, Fiji confirmed four COVID-19 cases.[109]

On 7 March, Fiji received its AstraZeneca vaccines.[110]

On 8 March, Fiji confirmed three COVID-19 cases.[111]

April 2021[edit]

On 17 April, Fiji confirmed four COVID-19 cases.[112]

On 18 April, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama announced that a security personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 could pose a risk to the public.[113]

On 19 April, Fiji's two largest cities of Lautoka and Nadi entered into a lockdown after the country recorded its first community transmission in 12 months. This community case is a 53-year old woman who is a close contact of a managed isolation worker. Her relatives have been placed into quarantine.[114][115] Schools nationwide has been closed for three weeks.[116]

On 20 April, Fiji confirmed its second community case, the daughter of the first community case.[117] That same day, Fiji launched a massive house-to-house screening program in the island state's western towns following concerns that hundreds of people may have contracted COVID-19 at a funeral attended by 500 people. In addition, three people included two soldiers tested positive for COVID-19 in managed isolation.[118]

On 21 April, Fiji confirmed its third community case, a 40-year-old woman from Wainitarawau settlement from Suva.[119]

On 22 April, Fiji confirmed another two community case, a 14-year-old girl and a seven-month-old baby boy. Fiji also confirmed six border quarantine cases of the virus.[120]

On 24 April, Fiji confirmed one community case, a 14-year-old daughter of the hotel worker.[121]

On 25 April, Fiji confirmed four local transmission cases. Two are from Nadi, one from Lautoka and another one from Suva. The case in Suva is a concern as the Ministry of Health is unable to trace the source of the infection.[122][123] As a result, the Government has established Suva, Nausori and Lami as containment areas with restricted movement in place for two weeks.[124][125]

On 26 April, Fiji confirmed twelve local transmission cases.[126]

On 27 April, Fiji confirmed six cases of COVID-19, four from border quarantine facility and two from isolation facility. The Ministry of Health has also confirmed that these cases are fueled by the B1617 variant that was first detected in India.[127]

On 28 April, Fiji confirmed two cases of COVID-19, a 53-year-old man from Ra and a 25-year-old man who had contact with the case in Makoi.[128]

On 29 April, Fiji confirmed five cases of COVID-19, four local transmitted cases and one border quarantine case.[129]

On 30 April, Fiji confirmed one case of COVID-19. The government also confirmed that the city of Suva and Nausori will go into lockdown for two days to speed up its contact tracing efforts.[130]

May 2021[edit]

On 1 May, Fiji confirmed two cases of COVID-19 and announced three recoveries.[131]

On 3 May, Fiji confirmed two cases of COVID-19, both are doctors from the Lautoka Hospital.[132]

On 4 May, Fiji confirmed seven recoveries from COVID-19.[133]

On 5 May, Fiji confirmed four new cases. Two are border quarantine cases and the other two are local transmission cases. The latter are from Lautoka and Narere. The local case from Lautoka is a serious concern to the Ministry of Health and as a result the Lautoka Hospital is under lockdown. The Ministry has also announced nine recoveries from the virus.[134]

On 6 May, Fiji confirmed its third death from the virus. The death occurred on 5 May 2021 just before the daily press briefings. The Ministry did not announce it because they wanted the family members to be properly informed.[135] Later that day, Fiji confirmed four new cases, three are local transmission cases and one is a border quarantine case. The government has also activated the Fiji Emergency Medical Assistance Team (FEMAT) and has dispatched it's medical carrier vessel MV Veivueti to Lautoka.[136]

On 7 May, Fiji confirmed seven new cases of COVID-19 all of which are local cases.[137]

On 8 May, Fiji announced twelve recoveries from the virus.[138]

On 9 May, Fiji confirmed three cases of COVID-19 and announced two recoveries.[139]

On 10 May, Fiji confirmed one new case of COVID-19 and announced three recoveries.[140][141]

On 11 May, Fiji confirmed twelve new cases of COVID-19, all from Makoi.[142]

On 12 May, Fiji confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19, eight from Suva and Nausori and one from the border quarantine facility. In response to the rising cases, the Government will impose a lockdown in Suva and Nausori from 14 May till 18 May.[143]

On 13 May, the lockdown was later extended till 19 May due to the rapid increase in contacts of COVID-19 patients.[144] Later that day, Fiji confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 and recorded its fourth death. It was a women from the Makoi cluster.[145]

On 14 May, Fiji confirmed one new case of COVID-19.[146]

On 15 May, Fiji confirmed two new cases of COVID-19.[147]

On 16 May, Fiji confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 and announced three recoveries.[148]

On 17 May, Fiji confirmed two cases of COVID-19.[149]

On 18 May, Fiji confirmed four new cases of COVID-19.[150]

On 19 May, Fiji recorded eleven new cases of COVID-19. The first six cases are related to the Nadali cluster in Nausori and the other five are household contacts of previous cases.[151]

On 20 May, Fiji confirmed one new case of COVID-19.[152]

On 21 May, Fiji confirmed five new cases of COVID-19.[153]

On 22 May, Fiji confirmed eleven new cases of COVID-19 and announced three recoveries.[154][155]

On 23 May, Fiji confirmed twenty four new cases of COVID-19, the highest ever since March 2020.[156]

On 24 May, Fiji confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19.[157]

On 25 May, Fiji confirmed twenty one new cases of COVID-19.[158]

On 26 May, Fiji confirmed twenty seven new cases of COVID-19, the highest ever since 23 May 2021.[159]

On 27 May, Fiji confirmed twenty eight new cases of COVID-19, beating the previous day's record.[160]

On 28 May, Fiji confirmed a record of 46 new cases of COVID-19, all of which are from the greater Suva-Nausori area.[161]

On 30 May, Fiji confirmed 41 new cases of COVID-19, 18 of which were recorded on 29 May 2021 and 23 confirmed today.[162]

On 31 May, Fiji confirmed 38 new cases of COVID-19.[163][164]

June 2021[edit]

On 1 June, Fiji confirmed 35 new cases of COVID-19 with some cases recorded in the Nadi and C.W.M Hospital. This has resulted in the lockdown of the Nadi Hospital and the suspension of all non-emergency services at the C.W.M Hospital.[165][166][167]

On 2 June, Fiji confirmed 35 new cases of COVID-19.[168]

On 3 June, Fiji confirmed 28 new cases of COVID-19.[169]

On 4 June, three staff of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services tested positive for COVID-19. This resulted in a stand down for all personnel operating from level three of the headquarters. Permanent Secretary for Health James Fong and other senior medical personnel went into self isolation.[170] In addition, Fiji confirmed a total of 35 new cases of COVID-19.[171]

On 5 June, Fiji confirmed 33 new cases of COVID-19.[172]

On 6 June, Fiji confirmed a record of 83 new cases of COVID-19, with cases reported outside containment areas.[173]

On 7 June, Fiji confirmed 64 new cases of COVID-19 and reported a 14% positive rate in tests in the last seven days.[174]

On 8 June, Fiji confirmed another record of 94 new cases of COVID-19.[175]

On 9 June, there are 35 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 880. 15 patients have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 249. The death toll remains 4. There are 624 active cases.[176]

On 10 June, Fiji confirmed 39 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 849. Seven new recoveries were confirmed, bringing the total number of recoveries to 256. The death toll remains four. There are 656 active cases.[177]

On 11 June, Fiji confirmed 51 new cases of COVID-19.[178]

On 12 June, Fiji confirmed 47 new cases of COVID-19.[179]

On 13 June, Fiji confirmed a record of 105 new cases of COVID-19.[180]

On 14 June, Fiji confirmed 89 new cases as the government warned that the situation was worse than that seen in Australia and in New Zealand due to the Delta variant, first detected in India.[181]

On 15 June, Fiji confirmed a record of 116 new cases of COVID-19 and announced another death bringing the death toll to 5.[182]

On 16 June, Fiji confirmed another record of 121 new cases of COVID-19.[183]

On 17 June, Fiji confirmed 91 new cases of COVID-19 and announced another death bringing the death toll to 6.[184]

On 18 June, Fiji confirmed 115 new cases of COVID-19 and recorded another death bringing the death toll to 7.[185]

International response[edit]

Intergovernmental and international organizations[edit]

Sovereign states[edit]

  •  Australia - provided $15.4 million in budget support to the Government of Fiji. Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes commended the Ministry of Health's work in combating the pandemic.[190]
  •  China - donated more than $200,000 worth of medical supplies. President of the Fiji China Friendship Association Fang Fang Jamnadas says most of the medical supplies was donated by the Chinese government and various private Chinese businesses.[191]
  •  Japan - provided $200 million emergency loan. This money is directed in strengthening health and medical services.[192][193]
  •  New Zealand - provided $1.5 million in cash. NZ ambassador to Fiji Jonathan Curr added that this will be directed to Fijian businesses.[194][195]

Impacts[edit]

Economy[edit]

When Fiji confirmed its first case of COVID-19, there was a surge in panic shopping seen in supermarkets in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa.[196] On 18 March, the Reserve Bank of Fiji reduced its overnight policy rate (OPR)[c] and predicted the domestic economy to fall into a recession after decades of economic growth.[197] GDP is expected to contract severely in 2020, with the economy predicted to contract by 21.7 per cent in the same year due to poor tourism activity.[198][199] Annual inflation remained in negative territory in May (-1.7%) and is forecast to edge up to 1.0 percent by year-end.[200]

In April 2020, the Construction Industry Council reported that they are already experiencing a downturn affecting construction projects due to limited raw materials.[201] On 2 August, the International Labour Organization estimated that 115,000 Fijian workers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that sectors affected include tourism, retail and manufacturing.[202]

Barter trades have become popular in the Facebook group called Barter for a better Fiji as Fijians opt for cashless trade movement.[203] U.S. broadcaster CBS postponed production of its reality shows Love Island and Survivor in Fiji, with Love Island later being relocated to Las Vegas for its second season and the forty-first season of Survivor being pushed to 2021.[200][198][204]

On 10 October 2020, the International Labour Organization and the Asian Development Bank issued a report stating that the youth unemployment rate is set to increase as high as 18 percent.[205] A report issued by the Fiji Statistics Bureau shows that Fiji had 1,000 visitors in September 2020 compared to 81,354 visitors last September. It also reported that more than 500 Fijian residents left the country for short term employment.[206]

Impact of COVID-19 on Government Revenue for the Year 2020[207]
Particulars Change
Private Loan Decrease51.4%
VAT Decrease38.6%
Bank Loan Decrease28%
Investment in building & construction Decrease24%
Review notes lending to the wholesale, retail, hotels & restaurants sector Decrease21%
Investment in real estate Decrease21%

Social[edit]

On 5 February, FBC reported that a local Chinese had been berated publicly at a bus station by a man claiming the victim had COVID-19.[208] On 3 March, a 24-year-old man lied to a nurse and a doctor about having COVID-19 adding that he had returned from Japan in which he did not wear a face mask. He was remanded and investigated at which authorities learnt that he had no history of travel.[209] On 22 October, he was sentenced to six months imprisonment.[210]

An opposition Fijian member of parliament Mitieli Bulanauca mentioned that COVID-19 has been spread by evil forces to assist China and they're responsible for the crisis we are in which is being assisted by satanic forces. Bulanauca also claimed that the World Health Organization (WHO) had sided with China over the poor handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chinese Embassy in Fiji condemned claims made by Bulanauca saying that it is shocked and disappointed as Bulanauca's remarks are not factual and were taken from fake social media pages.[211]

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre received an increase number of domestic violence cases during the lockdowns with the national domestic violence helpline receiving over 500 calls in April 2020.[212] Also, the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation recorded more than 1000 assault cases against women.[213] The pandemic has also affected medicine supply for local cancer patients, health centers and hospitals.[214] The International Labour Organisation has also noted about the rise in child labour amidst the pandemic.[215]

On 6 December 2020 when two sailors from a cargo ship tested positive for COVID-19, unverified claims on social media stated that there would be a lockdown in Suva specifically in the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.[216] The Ministry of Health has denied those claims however strict COVID-19 protocols were enforced at the Barracks as a "precautionary measure" to prevent any local transmissions.[217]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, academic Tarisi Vunidilo created the social media platform Talanoa with Dr T to enable connection between Fiji's primary school children and their heritage.[218]

Summary of local transmitted cases[edit]

Below is a list of community transmitted cases in Fiji, excluding those contained in the border quarantine facilities:

  • Case 01: 27-year-old male from Lautoka. Fiji Airways flight attendant returning from United States.
  • Case 02: 47-year-old female from Lautoka. Community transmission and mother of Case 1.
  • Case 03: 1-year-old male from Lautoka. Community transmission and nephew of Case 1.
  • Case 04: 28-year-old male from Nasinu returning from Australia.
  • Case 05: 30-year-old female from Lautoka. Community transmission and colleague of Case 1.
  • Case 06: 21-year-old female from Suva. Community transmission and daughter-in-law of Case 9.
  • Case 07: 33-year-old male from Suva. Community transmission and son of Case 9.
  • Case 08: 39-year-old female from Lautoka. Community transmission and sister of Case 5.
  • Case 09: 54-year-old male from Labasa returning from India.
  • Case 10: 20-year-old female from Nadi returning from New Zealand.
  • Case 11: 26-year-old female from Labasa. Community transmission and daughter of Case 9.
  • Case 12: 11-year-old female from Suva. Community transmission and granddaughter of Case 9.
  • Case 13: 21-year-old female from Lautoka. Community transmission and sister of Case 1.
  • Case 14: 53-year-old female from Labasa. Community transmission and wife of Case 9.
  • Case 15: 33-year-old male from Lautoka. Community transmission and husband of Case 5.
  • Case 16: 9-year-old female from Labasa. Community transmission and granddaughter of Case 9.
  • Case 17: 21-year-old male from Dreketi. Community transmission and grandson of Case 9.
  • Case 18: 51-year-old female from Ba returning from United States.
  • Case 19: 53-year-old female from Nadi. Day-worker at the border quarantine facility who was infected at the facility due to a breach. Also, am attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 20: 26-year-old female from Nadi. Community transmission and daughter of Case 19.
  • Case 21: 40-year-old female from Suva. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 22: 14-year-old female from Suva. Community transmission and daughter of Case 21.
  • Case 23: 8-month-old male from Suva. Community transmission and son of Case 21.
  • Case 24: 14-year-old female from Nadi. Community transmission and daughter of Case 19.
  • Case 25: 30-year-old female from Nadi. Community transmission and colleague of Case 19
  • Case 26: 52-year-old male from Lautoka. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 27: 51-year-old female from Lautoka. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 28: 29-year-old female from Nasinu. Community transmission and wife of Case 34.
  • Case 29: Male of unspecified age from the Border Quarantine Facility. Quarantine soldier at the border quarantine facility who was infected at the facility due to a breach.
  • Case 30: Person of an unspecified age and gender from an unspecified location. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 31: Person of an unspecified age and gender from an unspecified location. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 32: Person of an unspecified age and gender from an unspecified location. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 33: Person of an unspecified age and gender from an unspecified location. Community transmission and attendee of the "Lautoka funeral".
  • Case 34: 30-year-old male from Nasinu. Quarantine soldier at the border quarantine facility who was infected at the facility due to a breach. The soldier was released into the community after a negative result but later turned positive in the community.
  • Case 35: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 36: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 37: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 38: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 39: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 40: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 41: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 42: Person of an unspecified age and gender from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 43: 25-year-old male from Nausori. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 44: 53-year-old male from Ra. Source of infection is under investigation.
  • Case 45: 25-year-old female from Nausori. Community transmission and wife of Case 43.
  • Case 46: 52-year-old female from Nausori. Community transmission and aunt of Case 43.
  • Case 47: Male of unspecified age from Navua. Former border quarantine passenger at who was infected at the facility due to a breach. He was released into the community after a negative result but later turned positive in the community.
  • Case 48: 68-year-old male from Rakiraki. Source of infection is under investigation.
  • Case 49: 41-year-old female from Ra. Community transmission and wife of Case 44.
  • Case 50: 5-year-old female from Suva. Community transmission and daughter of Case 21.
  • Case 51: 15-year-old female from Suva. Community transmission and daughter of Case 21.
  • Case 52: 25-year-old female from Lautoka. Doctor at the Lautoka Hospital. Source of infection is under investigation.
  • Case 53: 30-year-old male from Lautoka. Doctor at the Lautoka Hospital. Source of infection is under investigation.
  • Case 54: 53-year-old male from Lautoka. Patient at the Lautoka Hospital. Source of infection is under investigation.
  • Case 55: 27-year-old female from Nasinu. Community transmission and family member of Case 34.
  • Case 56: 25-year-old female from Lautoka. Nurse at the Lautoka Hospital. Source of infection is under investigation.
  • Case 57: 47-year-old female from Suva. Nurse at the Raiwaqa Health Centre. Source of infection is under investigation.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services as of 6 May 2021

Statistics[edit]

Cumulative Cases, Deaths and Recoveries
(last updated 18 June 2021)

                    Cases        Recovered        Deaths        Active cases[d]  

COVID-19 Community transmission clusters in Fiji
Cluster Sub-cluster Origin Cases Deaths
Quarantine Breach Cluster Lautoka Funeral Cluster Border Quarantine Facility 15 0
Makoi Cluster Border Quarantine Facility 14 0
Quarantine Staff Cluster Border Quarantine Facility 2 0
Lautoka Cluster Lautoka Cluster  United States 7 0
Labasa-Suva Cluster Labasa Cluster  India 5 0
Suva Cluster  Fiji 3 0
Lautoka Hospital Cluster Lautoka Hospital Cluster Unknown 4 1
Ra Cluster Ra Cluster Unknown 3 0
Unknown Unknown Unknown 1 0
Other non-cluster community cases N/A  Australia

 New Zealand

 United States

3 0
Total 57 1
COVID-19 Cases in Fiji by location
Location Confirmed Cases Deaths
Border Quarantine Facility 74 2
Lautoka 13 1
Nasinu 12 0
Suva 9 0
Labasa 4 0
Nadi 5 0
Nausori 3 0
Ra 2 0
Ba 1 0
Dreketi 1 0
Rakiraki 1 0
Unknown 4 0
Total 129 3
COVID-19 Cases in Fiji by age group
Age Group Confirmed Cases Deaths
0 to 19 8 0
20 to 29 14 0
30 to 39 7 0
40 to 49 4 0
50 to 59 9 1
60 and above 1 0
Border Quarantine Facility 72 2
Unknown 14 0
Total 129 3
COVID-19 Cases in Fiji by gender
Gender Confirmed Cases Deaths
Female 28 0
Male 17 1
Border Quarantine Facility 72 2
Unknown 12 0
Total 129 3

Testing[edit]

Testing began on 28 January 2020 where samples were sent to the Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) in Melbourne, Australia. Local testing began on 11 March 2020 at the Fiji Center for Disease Control.[219]

As of 14 June 2021, Fiji has conducted 153,372 tests with a 7-day average daily test positivity of 2.1% and 3.8 tests per 1,000 population. Testing has increased significantly in response to the local transmission cases first confirmed in mid April 2021.[220]

Testing conducted per month
(last updated 14 June 2021)

                    No of test per month        No of test (cumulative)  

Vaccinations efforts[edit]

In early June 2020, the Government of Australia ensured Fiji's access to a COVID-19 vaccine through GAVI at an affordable price.[221] Australia also invested in $500 million in the next three years to ensure that the countries of the Pacific including Fiji will be able to achieve full immunization coverage.[222] Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said that the government is working with International Agencies to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are not commercialized.[223]

In January 2021, Australia and Fiji discussed vaccine options with the Australian Government indicating that if 80% of Fiji's population are vaccinated, chances of a travel bubble are high between the two nations.[224] The Ministry of Health and Medical Services trained its staff for COVID-19 vaccination as the country is working to register all receivers planned for the first phase of vaccination.[225][226] Vaccination are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021 and throughout the year.[227]

In February 2021, Fiji approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine with the COVAX Facility committed in providing over 100,000 doses.[228]

In early March 2021, Fiji became the first Pacific country to receive the first batch of vaccines from the World Health Organization's COVAX initiative. Fiji received 12,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the first six thousand earmarked for frontline and essential workers.[229] On 19 April 2021, Fiji received its second batch of the AstraZeneca vaccines.[230]

Vaccine rollout[edit]

As of 8 June 2021, 220,437 Fijians (38% of the targeted population of 587,651 individuals) have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine while 4,773 individuals have been fully vaccinated (two doses).[231]

COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan[232]
Group Priority group Progress
1 Frontline workers In Progress
2 Healthcare workers
3 RFMF officers
4 Fiji Police Force officers
5 Hotel workers - especially those in quarantine facilities
6 Tourism Industry workers in general
7 Elderly population
8 Population with underlying medical conditions
9 General population
COVID-19 vaccine roll-out per division for individuals above the age of 18
Division Population First dose administered Second dose administered Population received first dose Population received second dose
Central 270,801 98,282 TBA 36% TBA
Western 208,185 109,302 TBA 53% TBA
Northern 88,271 10,495 TBA 12% TBA
Eastern 20,394 2,358 TBA 12% TBA
 Fiji 587,651 220,437 4,773
38%
1%

Misinformation and conspiracy theories[edit]

A complaint was lodged to the Fiji Police Force regarding the legality of the COVID-19 vaccination. The complainant who is an assistant lecturer in the College of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences for FNU uploaded a video on social media claiming that "there is no virus except for what is in the vaccine".[233] The Fiji National University responded by taking immediate and appropriate action against the individual stating that the "Curriculum content must always be based on full facts" adding that the University reject all misinformation, unfounded conspiracy theories, and fake news.[234]

The Fiji Police Force also investigated a viral video involving police officers in uniform claiming that the vaccines contained a metallic chip which attracted magnets.[235] The Ministry of Health and the Fiji Medical Association debunked those claims stating that the vaccine dose is too small to have the chip.[236]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ 2 border cases recorded in week of 30 November-6 December were crew of the international cargo vessel MV Island Chief, which had docked at the Lautoka and Suva ports after arriving from New Zealand, via Nukualofa, Tonga – none of the crew disembarked in Fiji. The 2 positive cases onboard were admitted to a hospital isolation facility.
  2. ^ The COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce is a cabinet-mandated working group consisting of the Permanent Secretaries for Economy (Chair), Health and Medical Services and Commerce, Trade, Tourism, and Transport. The Secretariat support is provided by the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Border Health Protection, Incident Management Team, and Republic of Fiji Military Forces Surveillance team
  3. ^ The OPR is the key interest rate used by the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) to officially indicate and communicate its monetary policy stance. A reduction in the OPR signifies an easing of monetary policy.
  4. ^ The number of active cases is the number of total confirmed minus the number of recoveries and deaths.

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