Manning reminds public to remain vigilant against COVID-19 as PNG’s cases increase to 588

Sunday 25  October 2020

The National Pandemic Controller, Mr David Manning, has urged the public to continue to remain vigilant against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the country’s cases increase to 588.

To date, Papua New Guinea has 588 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, with  the National Capital District (NCD) having  the highest number of cases with 342, followed by Western Province with 203.

There are 14 provinces in the country that have reported cases.

“I remind all the provinces to continue and sustain your preparedness efforts. Use this opportunity to build your capacity and do not wait until a case is reported, ” Mr Manning said.

There has been no COVID-19 case reported in the last 24 hours, but the public is reminded to continue to practice hygiene measures and physical distancing of 1.5 meters in public places.

A total of 29,002 people have been tested for coronavirus. Additional 92 samples are pending laboratory results.

There are 548 people who have recovered from COVID-19, whilst   33 active cases  are still  in isolation. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at seven.

Fourteen   provinces with  confirmed COVID-19 cases so far:

Provinces Confirmed cases
NCD 342
Western Province 203
EHP 12
Central 7
West New Britain 6
Morobe 5
East Sepik 3
Milne Bay 2
East New Britain 2
Enga 2
West Sepik 1
New Ireland 1
Southern Highlands 1
Autonomous Region of Bougainville 1

Globally, since the start of the outbreak, there has been a total 42,945,501 confirmed cases and the death toll stands at 1,154,501.

There was an increase of 452,886 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours.

In the Western Pacific Region, a total of 14 countries/territories had confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed cases for the region to 707,834 cases and 15,161 deaths.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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