Enga records first COVID-19 case – PNG total at 578

Wednesday 14  October 2020

The first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case was reported in Enga Province    today, while two more cases were also reported in the NCD in the last 24 hours bringing PNG’s total COVID-19 cases to 578.

The case in Enga is a 40-year-old male from Wabag who had a fever and cough. He was admitted to a hospital and his COVID-19 test returned positive.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said the two COVID-19 cases in the National Capital District (NCD) bring  the capital’s total confirmed cases to 336.

The NCD cases consisted of an asymptomatic 23-year-old male and a 42-year-old male who had fever, cough and chills. Both reside in Moresby South electorate.

To date, 26,690 people in PNG have been tested for coronavirus. Additional 312 samples are pending laboratory results.

There are 537 people who have recovered from COVID-19 while there are 34 active cases that are being isolated.

The country’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at seven.

There are 14 provinces in the country that have confirmed COVID-19 cases:

Provinces Confirmed cases
NCD 336
Western Province 202
EHP 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
Enga 1
Autonomous Region of Bougainville 1

Globally, since the start of the outbreak, there are 38,352,776 confirmed cases and the death toll stands at 1,090,734.

There was an increase of 313,286 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 664,504 cases and 14,422 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
Police email:                        ddkakas.policemedia@gmail.com
COVID-19 JATF email:        ddkakas.covid19media@gmail.com

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