Ministry of Health’s Permanent Secretary, Doctor James Fong said the first death is a case that was previously announced as under investigation to determine if COVID-19 was the cause.
The deceased is an 82-year-old woman from Qauia in Lami and was not vaccinated.
She had pre-existing medical conditions, was bedridden, and died at home.
According to protocol she was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19.
The elderly woman was declared dead by the attending medical officer and after investigation, it has been determined that the cause of death was COVID-19.