COVID-19: Video exposes horrific Fiji hospital conditions as country reports another 1054 cases

A grim video allegedly showing a Fiji hospital's COVID-19 ward is circulating on social media as the country's health services continue to be stretched by the highly infectious Delta variant.

It comes as the Pacific nation recorded 1054 cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

The footage, uploaded to social media by a woman who claims to be in Suva's Colonial War Memorial Hospital with COVID-19, shows the body of a person who died the day before still in a bed near them.

"This one's been there from 3am," she says in the video.

It also shows the female patient freely walking about the hospital and running into visitors without being stopped.

"I'm COVID positive and just walking around like that... like a tourist," the woman says.

Fiji's ministry of health has not yet commented on the video, local broadcaster FBC News reported. 

In its latest COVID-19 update, the ministry confirmed another 12 people had died from the virus between July 13 and Monday.

"There have now been 125 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with 123 of these deaths during the outbreak that started in April this year," the ministry said in a statement.

"The seven-day average of new cases per day is 1046 cases per day or 1182 cases per million population per day. With the high numbers of new daily cases, we are also seeing increasing cases of severe disease and deaths."

Despite this, the Fijian government refuses to implement a national lockdown to contain the virus.