Thursday 18 February 2021
Papua New Guinea recorded nine new confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Thursday 18 February increasing the country’s total cases to 970.
The latest cases were reported in East New Britain, Madang and the National Capital District.
Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning said that In East New Britain, a 26 year old and a 40 year old female both resided at Vunabuk area, had tested positive.
“They both did not show symptoms of the COVID-19 virus at the time of testing but swab samples returned positive.”
Mr Manning added that five cases were reported n Madang, of which four are females and one male, with ages ranging between 31 and 59 years. The five persons showed symptoms of COVID-19 virus at the time of testing.
While in NCD, two positive cases were recorded in a 40 year old male and a 61 year old female who reside in the Moresby North West electorate. They both showed symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.
The country’s COVID-19 cases as a result stands at 970 with 10 known deaths.
Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have recorded cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:
Provinces Confirmed Cases
Western Province 233
West New Britain 194
East New Britain 34
New Ireland 22
West Sepik 16
Eastern Highlands 13
Western Highlands 10
East Sepik 3
Milne Bay 2
Hela Province 1
Meanwhile, the global confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reached 109,217,366 including 348,150 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 2,413,912 of which 8,251 were reported in the last 24 hours.
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