47 new COVID-19 cases recorded: total infections reach 16,980

Friday 18June 2021

Papua New Guinea has confirmed 47 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 12 midday on Friday June 18, increasing the total number of infections to 16,980.

The cases were reported in 11 provinces, with the National Capital District reporting the highest number of 16 cases, followed by the Autonomous Region of Bougainville with seven. Western Highlands and Enga reported five  each, East New Britain and New Ireland four each, Morobe two and Gulf, Central, Madang and Eastern Highlands a single case each.

Of the 47 cases reported 34 are males and 13 females, with ages ranging  from 14 to 74 years. At the time of testing 20 were symptomatic, eight had existing medical conditions, and two required hospitalization.

Four of the cases had contact with previous COVID-19 cases whilst four were health care workers, prompting the Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Mr David Manning to renew calls for citizens to observe the Niupela Pasin or the COVID-19 protocols of wearing masks, washing or sanitizing hands and keeping a distance of 1.5 meters away from each other.

Mr Manning said statistics  have shown  that health care workers continue to be exposed to and infected with the COVID-19 virus.

 He said ,therefore, they  have a responsibility to themselves, their families and patients to strictly comply with the COVID-19 protocols and get their vaccination immediately.

The country’s COVID-19 cases now stands at 16,980 with 173 known deaths.   A total of 16,352 recoveries have been recorded, whilst  130,467 people have tested for COVID-19.

All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Friday 18 June, 2021.)

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