SUVA (FBC NEWS) —A 10-day old infant from the Northern division is Fiji’s youngest COVID casualty.

The infant was born to a COVID-positive mother without any complications at birth.

She sadly passed away at home before she could be brought to the hospital. A post-mortem COVID test was noted to be positive. She was not eligible for vaccination.

The Ministry of Health stated that two other children, aged eight and 13-years-old, from the Northern division have also died.

The eight-year-old female had a significant congenital medical condition that likely contributed to her death.

A 13-year-old male from the Northern Division was admitted for nine days at the Nabouwalu Hospital before his passing. He had a significant congenital medical condition, and an assessment made by medical consultants confirmed that his pre-existing conditions contributed to his death. He was not vaccinated.

The Ministry also recorded an additional nine COVID deaths between 08 January and 22 January.

Permanent Secretary for Health Dr James Fong said there have been 94 deaths recorded during this third wave, with nine of the deaths occurring between the ages of 10 days old and 21 years old.

Dr Fong said some deaths from the Western Division are currently being investigated.

Since the last update, Fiji have recorded 223 new cases of which 113 new cases were recorded on 25 January and 110 new cases Wednesday.

Of the 223 cases recorded, 116 cases were recorded in the Central Division; 92 cases were recorded in the Western Division, 11 cases were recorded in the Northern Division, and four cases were recorded in the Eastern Division….PACNEWS


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