57 new COVID-19 cases detected, total infections rise to 17,581

Tuesday 20 July 2021

 FIFTY-SEVEN  new COVID-19 cases were detected  in the country  in the last 24 hours ending 12 midday on Tuesday 20 July, increasing the total number of cases to 17,581, while the death toll remains at 192.

All 57 cases were recorded in five provinces, in which  Morobe recorded the highest number   with 49 cases,  followed by East New Britain with three, the National Capital District and West Sepik two each and Madang  recorded  one case.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning  confirmed  that  47  of the new cases  were  males  and  ten females, with ages between  10  and  56 years.

He added , 25  persons  were symptomatic at the time of testing and four had underlying medical conditions.

One of the new cases had to be hospitalized, whilst 11 others had contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases and two people  were health care workers.

To date, a total of 143,990 people have tested for COVID-19. Of the total confirmed cases to date 17,581 have recovered with 212 cases considered active within the last 21-day period.

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

Mr Manning   further confirmed  that as of 19 July a total of 71,805 people in the country have been vaccinated.

This includes 8,337 health workers, 48,125 essential workers and 15,303 people with comorbidities or existing medical conditions.

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 191,619,822. The death toll stands at 4,110,890.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Tuesday 20th July 2021.)

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