Thursday 30 July 2020
Papua New Guinea today recorded 72 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) , with two deaths.
Controller of the National Pandemic Response , David Manning, confirmed this during a press briefing at Morauta Haus this afternoon, adding that three are critical cases of which two are currently being admitted at the Intensive Care Unit while the other one is placed on ventilation.
“The total number of sample results available from COVID-19 are , 9, 626, of which 9,552; returned negative, while number of tests still pending laboratory results are 53, and total number of confirmed cases to date, is 72.”
The total number of active cases for COVID-19 are 54.
Mr Manning commended the scaling up of testing as of 28 July, which saw COVID-19 sample collections and PCR testing which exceeded 10, 200 tests so far
He said the five new cases today , case numbers 67 to 72, are all based in NCD and from their case studies or histories, it is evident the virus is widespread in the City.
In addition, research participants were also involved in the serosurveillance study which included samples from private companies that currently stand at 14, 744.
Mr Manning said Day 44 of the Niupela Pasin which came into effect after the State of Emergency, has seen the global confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased to 17, 171, 005 with total deaths of 669, 242 so far.
“The declaration of the SOE ,was 128 days ago. Since then there’s been an increase of 16, 798, 250 confirmed cases and 653,011 deaths in the last four months.
“In the past 24 hours, there was an increase of 284,507 confirmed cases globally. This is the largest or the highest global daily increase since the SOE commenced on the 23 of March 2020.”
In the Western Pacific region as of 29 July, Australia has recorded total cases of 15,582 with 176 deaths; Indonesia has 204, 432 people and death toll to 4, 975; Papua Province of Indonesia, has total confirmed cases of 2,988 and deaths remain at 32; Philippines recorded a total of 85, 486 cases, and 1 962 deaths; New Zealand confirmed 1559 cases and 22 deaths; and Singapore recoded a total of 51,531 confirmed cases with 27 deaths.
Meantime, in light of the current upsurge in positive cases, contact tracing at NCC is currently being conducted .
As part of the testing strategy in NCD,, Mr Manning said the following clinics will assist with testing in the city: Morata Clinic has commenced testing , while testing in the Moresby general cluster is ongoing; 6 Mile clinic is likely to begin testing soon; 9 Mile clinic has begun its testing; Gordons clinic will be operating its testing soon , Pari clinic is expected to operate before the weekend; while Koki- Wanigela has commenced testing
Up to 25 Papua New Guinea Defence Force Staff have been mobilised to do swabbing at clinics.
NCD surveillance team and drive-through clinics supported by St. Johns Ambulance will commence or has commenced in the City.
Meanwhile, the positive case in Lae is now stable and in isolation.
Mr Manning said 74 staff from WHO, World Vision, NDOH and the Morobe Provincial Health Authority who attended the provincial immunization training in Lae, are now in quarantine .
Contact tracing for passengers on PX 106, have commenced, with 6 GeneXpert tests of contacts have returned negative.
Mr Manning is appealing to every Papua New Guinean, and in particular the residents of Port Moresby to remain vigilant against COVID-19.
“This is very trying time for us, and I need all of us to at least contribute to alleviate the threat that is very much in our midst.”
Mr Manning further added that an Australian medical team will be deployed to the country next week Tuesday 4 August, to assess the needs at Port Moresby General Hospital, Rita Flynn facility and potential field hospitals around the country and in particular in the NCD.
The team includes emergency physicians, intensive care specialists, emergency management laboratory specialists and will be deployed at no cost to the government .
This comes as a result of Prime Minister, James Marape’s call for assistance from PNG’s bilateral partners and friends. .Australia was the first country to respond. Germany and New Zealand have also responded to assist.