Country’s COVID-19 cases increase to 17,098

Papua New Guinea recorded 19 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 12 midday on Wednesday June 23, increasing the total number of  infections to 17,098

The cases were reported in five provinces. Milne Bay province reported 13, followed by New Ireland and Madang with two each and the National Capital District, and Jiwaka with one case each. Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning  said from  the 19 new cases, 12 are males, and seven  females.

He added that  13 people  were symptomatic at the time of testing, 11 had existing medical conditions and three had to be hospitalised. Total deaths remain at 173 while   131,712 tests have been conducted for COVID-19  so far, with 201 samples pending laboratory results.

The total recovery cases in PNG is 16,518 with 407 active cases within the last 21-day period. The cumulative statistics for the 17,098 confirmed COVID cases are as follows:

·     Male – 10,741;

·     Female – 6,262;

·     Symptomatic – 9,204;

·     Comorbidities – 3,040;

·     Hospitalised – 566;

·     On ventilator – 37;

·     Contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases – 3,561; and

·     Health care workers – 1,632;

Mr Manning further confirmed   that a total of 49,333 people have been vaccinated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as of June 22.

“This includes health care workers (7,341), essential workers (39,094) and persons with existing medical conditions or comorbidities (2,898).”

Globally there were 179,912,915 reported cases of COVID-19 with 3,897,391 recorded COVID-19 deaths.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Wednesday 23 June, 2021.)

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