Five new COVID-19 cases reported – PNG total cases at 849

Thursday 21 January 2021

Papua New Guinea reported five new cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours increasing the country’s total cases to 849.

The latest cases were reported in Talasea district in the West New Britain province.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning said three male and two female ages ranging from 15 to 41 were reported positive. They were detected through contact tracing.

The country’s COVID-19 cases now stands at 849 with nine known deaths.

A total of 40,851 people have tested for the Coronavirus disease. Eight hundred and two people have recovered whilst ten samples are pending at the laboratories. Thirty-eight active cases are in isolation.

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


Provinces Cases
NCD 367
Western Province 214
West New Britain 167
East New Britain 30
New Ireland 19
Eastern H/lands 13
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 94,963,847 including 496,206 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The death toll is 2,050,557; of which 12,933 were reported in the last 24 hours.


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