Manning calls on health workers to protect themselves as PNG’s COVID-19 cases reach 671

Thursday 3 December 2020

The Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, has urged all   health workers to adhere to strict infection prevention and control guidelines to protect themselves from coronavirus diseases (COVID-19).

The reminder from Controller Manning comes at a time when a number of health workers have been tested positive with COVID-19.

There have been  two new cases of COVID- 19 being  reported  in West New Britain, in the last 24 hours,  bringing the province’s total to 66, and increasing the country’s cases to 671,  with  seven  deaths.

The latest cases are both female, aged 34 and 50 years old respectively

Mr Manning reminded all responders, including contact tracers, swab sample collectors and those working in health facilities to wear appropriate PPE to be protected at all times

“You are our frontliners in the fight against COVID-19 and we appreciate your commitment, hard work and dedication to heal the sick and save lives.

“We want you to be safe so remember to wear your personal protective equipment (PPE) correctly and safely as you perform your jobs in health facilities.”

Currently all health facilities in the country are equipped with sufficient  supplies of PPEs, with   health workers  being  trained on infection prevention.

“I urge our frontline heroes to use the resources to protect yourself in the workplace,” Mr Manning said.

To date, 16 of the 22 provinces in the country have confirmed cases of COVID-19. The distribution of the cases is as follows:


Provinces Confirmed Cases
NCD 354
Western Province 204
West New Britain 66
Eastern Highlands 13
Central 9
Morobe 6
East Sepik 3
Enga 3
East New Britain 3
Milne Bay 2
New Ireland 2
West Sepik 2
Southern Highlands 1
Hela Province 1
Western Highlands 1

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 63,360,234, including 491,420 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 1,475,825; of which 10,028 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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