18 new COVID-19 cases reported: PNG’s total reaches 630

Monday 23 November 2020

West New Britain (WNB) today recorded 18 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, bringing the province’s total confirmed cases to 31 and Papua New Guinea’s total to 630.

The new cases in WNB are all from Talasea District with youngest being 4 years old and the oldest at 70 years of age. There are 14 females and four males.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning said  that five of the new cases had symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, chills and sore throat at the time of testing whilst 13 did  not have COVID-19 symptoms.

“Ten had contact with previously-identified positive cases. The rapid response team continues with contract tracing,” he added.

To date, 16 of the 22 provinces in the country have confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The distribution of the cases is as follows:


Provinces Confirmed Cases
NCD 353
Western Province 204
West New Britain 31
Eastern Highlands 13
Central 7
Morobe 6
East Sepik 3
Milne Bay 2
East New Britain 2
Enga 2
New Ireland 2
West Sepik 1
Southern Highlands 1
Hela Province 1
Western Highlands 1
TOTAL         630

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 57,882,018, including 604,943 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 1,377,395; of which 9,237 were reported in the last 24 hours.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
Mobile: 75430557 email: ddkakas@gmail.com
Police email:                    ddkakas.policemedia@gmail.com
COVID-19 JATF email:    ddkakas.covid19media@gmail.com

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