Sunday 21 February 2021
Eight new confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were recorded in PNG today, (Sunday 21 February 2021), increasing its total cases to 1,056.
The latest cases were reported in East New Britain, Madang and the National Capital District.
Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said of the eight cases, six were recorded In NCD, whilst a case each was reported in East New Britain and Madang provinces.
Mr Manning said three males and three females, with ages ranging from an infant of five months old to 38 years old were tested positive in NCD.
Four of the six cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 virus whilst two cases were asymptomatic at the time of testing.
“In East New Britain, a 43-year-old female from Rabaul is the latest to be confirmed positive. She was showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.”
Mr Manning added that a 25-year-old male was the latest positive case in Madang who was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.
The country’s COVID-19 cases as a result stands at 1,056 with 10 known deaths.
A total of 47,490 people have tested for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while 846 people have recovered whilst 380 samples are pending at the laboratories.
Mr Manning further confirmed that 200 active cases are currently in isolation
Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:
Provinces Confirmed Cases
Western Province 280
West New Britain 194
West Sepik 39
East New Britain 35
New Ireland 22
Eastern Highlands 13
Western Highlands 10
East Sepik 3
Milne Bay 2
Hela Province 1
Mr Manning added that the total confirmed cases of COVID-19, globally, had reached 110,609,979 including 225,201 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 2,452,510 of which 6,502 were reported in the last 24 hours.
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