Tuesday 28 July 2020
Deputy Controller and Acting Heath Secretary, Dr Paison Dakulala has confirmed, for the first time, two deaths from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“We have had for the first time now deaths have happened in covid19. One yesterday (Monday) and one today (Tuesday) . and I have the certificate of one of them here which clarifies clearly here it was a covid-19 death.
“The second case we’re waiting for confirmation of the medical certificate , but it looks like the second case was one with comorbidity – meaning that there’s other problems with him in terms of medical issues with the covid19 and that would have been what complicated his case and resulted in his death,” Dr Dakulala said during his press briefing at Morauta Haus this afternoon.
“So when we come to the testings of all our covid19 samples, we have done just about 10,000 tests in our country – 9 943 . if we add on some that we are waiting to come in, then it will add up to 10,000 now.
“And out of that as I said, 62 had been confirmed , 40 are still pending results, 9, 248 are negative, and 51 of those are active cases, and they are at Rita Flynn court as we speak.”
Dr Dakulala has however confirmed another case in Lae, Morobe province, bringing the total to 63. The case was a male health officer who flew into Lae from Port Moresby on Sunday, 26 July 2020.
Meantime, Dr Dakulala said as a way forward, the health teams have scaled up testing to identify and confirm cases, in order to place them in isolation and get them quarantined, to minimize the spread of COVID-19, which is currently happening in the country.
Dr Dakulala has also highlighted global figures of COVID-19 cases, which he said, have increased to 6, 612, 326 with the number of deaths at 655, 502, within 126 days since the state of emergency was declared in March 2020.
“We need to take stock and be vigilant in the way we approach covid19 situation in our country.”
In the Western Pacific regional statistics, Indonesia has 100,303 total confirmed cases with 12, 838; Australia has 14 935 cases and 161 deaths; Philippines has 82 040 and total deaths of 1945 people. and Singapore , with confirmed cases of 50,838 and 27 deaths.