Eastern Highlands records 10 new COVID-19 cases : PNG’s total reaches 575

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Ten new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases were reported today from Eastern Highlands Province, bringing the total confirmed cases in the province to 11 and PNG’s overall total to 575.

The National Capital District still has the highest number of cases with 334, followed by Western Province with 202 cases.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning said seven of the new cases in the Eastern Highlands are women, and three are men.

The youngest is a 3-year-old girl whilst the oldest is a 76-year-old man, all from the Goroka district. All 10 cases are asymptomatic contacts of previously identified COVID-19 cases.

To date, 26,620 people have been tested for coronavirus in PNG. Additional 42 samples are pending laboratory results.

There are 537 people who have recovered from COVID-19 while 31 are active cases in isolation. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at seven.

Thirteen   provinces  with  confirmed COVID-19 cases  so far:


Provinces Confirmed cases
NCD 334
Western Province 202
Eastern Highlands Province 11
Central 7
Morobe 5
West New Britain 5
East Sepik 3
Milne Bay 2
East New Britain 2
Southern Highlands 1
West Sepik 1
New Ireland 1
Autonomous Region of Bougainville 1


Globally, since the start of the outbreak, there have been a total 38,028,431 confirmed cases and the death toll stands at 1,088,091.

There was an increase of 275,233 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

In the Western Pacific region, a total of 14 countries/territories had confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases for the region to 660,485 cases and 14,370 deaths.


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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COVID-19 JATF email:     ddkakas.covid19media@gmail.com

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