The New Zealand Herald

Pregnant women among Fiji toll


Two pregnant women are among Fiji’s latest victims of Covid-19, health authoritie­s say. Doctors were able to save both women’s newborns, the Health Ministry announced yesterday. The ministry reported a record number of 21 deaths from the virus, along with 1091 new cases in the 24 hours to 8am on Wednesday. The deaths occurred between July 14 and July 20. Health Secretary Dr James Fong said while the outbreak was contained to the main island Viti Levu, primarily in the Lami-SuvaNausor­i corridor, the ministry had seen increasing cases in the Western Division over the past week. It was the sixth day out of the last seven that the daily figure of cases had topped 1000. The previous day, 1054 cases and 12 deaths between July 13 and July 19 were reported.

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