Manning calls on citizens to wear masks in public places

Tuesday 5 January 2021

The Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, Mr David Manning, has expressed concern over the failure by citizens in wearing face masks in public places.

Controller Manning says there are people in public places still walking around without masks or face covering.

He called on all citizens not to  be ignorant of the dangers of the coronavirus disease.

“Wearing of masks or face covering is contained in the measures in the New Normal which the citizens must comply with.”

Meanwhile, no new cases have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours but contact tracing is continuing in provinces where cases have been reported.

The country’s COVID-19 cases now stand at 799 with nine deaths.

A total of 39,761 people have been tested for Coronavirus. 755 people have recovered whilst 203 samples are pending at the laboratories. Thirty-five 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:


Province Cases
NCD 361
Western Province 212
West New Britain 140
East New Britain 21
Eastern H/lands 13
New Ireland 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 83,910,386, including 583,907 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 1,839,660; of which 7,957 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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