Citizens urged to come forward for testing in 2021 to determine extent of Covid-19 outbreak

Friday 1 January 2021

The Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning has called on all citizens to come forward for testing in the new year, 2021 to determine the extent of the Coronavirus outbreak.

Controller Manning says citizens must take it upon themselves to voluntarily submit for testing in 2021.

“Testing alone can determine the health status of a person and it can save lives. One does not have to be reminded by a health worker to get tested as this would mean saving your own life and that of your family, friends and community.
Mr Manning urged citizens to use the new year to reflect on how they have fared last year especially in their compliance to COVID-19 protocols with an aim to improve this year.

Meanwhile, the country’s total number of cases stands at 797 and 9 deaths.

A total of 39,761 people have been tested for Coronavirus. 752 people have recovered whilst 72 samples are pending at the laboratories. Thirty-five active cases are in isolation.

Sixteen provinces including the Autonomous Region Of Bougainville have reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:


Provinces Cases
NCD 361
Western Province 212
West New Britain 140
East New Britain 20
Eastern H/lands 13
New Ireland 12
Western H/lands 10
Central 10
Morobe 6
East Sepik 3
Enga 3
Milne Bay 2
West Sepik 2
Southern H/lands 1
Hela Province 1

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 81,475,053 and the death toll at 1,798,050.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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