49 new cases of COVID-19 recorded – PNG’s total rises to 1,741

Tuesday 9 March 2021

Papua New Guinea’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have risen to 1,741 with 49   confirmed cases being reported today (9 March).

The cases were recorded in five provinces including Jiwaka which reported eight new cases, of which three are males and five females between the ages of 20  and 60 years.

Five cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, also confirmed Morobe’s   two new cases of which one is a male and the other  a female.

Their ages range from 52 to 58 years old.. All two cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.

NCD reported 30 new cases of which 17 are males and 13 females, between the ages of 10    and 70 years old.

Mr Manning said 19  cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 whilst 11 were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

Western Highlands reported eight new cases of which six are males and two females, between the ages of 38   and  53 years.

All eight cases did not show symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing but swab samples returned positive.

West New Britain reported a single case. In a 25 year old female from Talasea district who showed   symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.

The country’s COVID-19 cases as a result stands at 1,741 with 21 known deaths.

Eighteen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:

Provinces                 Confirmed Cases

NCD                               761

Western Province           324

West New Britain            197

West Sepik                     159

Morobe                             53

Madang                            43

AROB                               39

East New Britain               38

Western Highlands            27

Eastern Highlands             24

New Ireland                       23

Central                               20

East Sepik                         15

Jiwaka                                 8

Enga                                    4

SHP                                     3

Milne Bay                             2

Hela                                     1

TOTAL                           1,741


Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 116,521,281 including 354,629 new cases reported on Tuesday 9th of March. The global death toll is 2,589,548 of which 7,020 were reported in one day.


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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