Coronavirus — Vietnam and Fiji Record First Deaths

  • Vietnam had not suffered any case of local transmission of the disease between mid-April and mid-July.
  • A second death was recorded in the country later today.
  • In the Fiji Islands, the victim was a 66-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 on his return from India.

Vietnam and the Fiji Islands have recorded their first deaths from COVID-19. Both victims are men over the age of 66, as reported by the local media. In the case of Vietnam, the first victim was “a 70-year-old man who lived in Hoi Na [in the center of the country] and who tested positive earlier in the week.”

On 23 January 2020, the first known case of COVID-19 in Vietnam was reported. As of 31 July 2020, the country had 546 confirmed cases, 373 recoveries, and 2 deaths.

The country did not suffer any case of local transmission of the disease between mid-April and mid-July. However, last weekend, an outbreak occurred in the tourist town of Da Nang and, since then, the infection has spread to several cities, with 100 new cases registered this week.  A second death was recorded in the country later today.

COVID-19 Death in Fiji

In the Fiji Islands, the victim was a 66-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 on his return from India, where he had gone for heart surgery. Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete announced the man’s death Friday.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of our health-care professionals, this gentleman passed away yesterday in the isolation ward at Lautoka hospital due to complications from COVID-19,” he said.

The victim was on a list of nine confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus that had been quarantined since they returned from India on July 1, explained the health minister. The Fiji Islands had not reported any cases of infection in four weeks, with the 18 people who contracted the disease since the beginning of the pandemic managed to heal themselves.

Fiji and other Pacific island nations were considered the most vulnerable at the start of the pandemic due to the lack of health infrastructure and the prevalence of diseases such as diabetes and heart problems. However, all countries in the region were quick to close their borders and stopped receiving tourists.

The first case of COVID-19 in Fiji was reported on 19 March 2020 in Lautoka. As of July 31, there were 27 cases and 1 death.

Although he assured that the victim and the eight infected people had “zero interactions” with the Fijian population, the minister acknowledged that in many countries, the news of a first death from the virus is the omen of the intensification of the epidemic.

“In many other countries, news of the first death due to the virus has signalled an intensifying of the outbreak,” he said. “This is not the case for Fiji. The virus is not present in Fijian communities, nor is there any risk of infection among the Fijian public,” he added.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 667,000 lives and infected more than 17 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to an assessment by the French news agency, AFP. The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe overtook China as the epicenter of the pandemic in February, the American continents are now the host of the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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