Manning urges citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Monday 9 August 2021

Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, David Manning, has called upon citizens to come forward and be vaccinated against COVID-19, as PNG recorded no new COVID-19 case on Monday August 9.

Mr Manning said despite no cases being reported on Monday the country is not safe from COVID-19.

“The delay in receiving COVID-19 test results from the Provincial Health Authorities and other testing sites is the sole reason why no cases have been reported.’

Mr Manning  urged citizens  not to  be complacent as the dangers are not over, adding, the only way to be safe against COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated.

He called on  citizens who have  received the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine  to ensure they get the second dose.

As of August 5 a total of 21,090 people have received two doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and are fully vaccinated.

A total of 91,962 persons received at least one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while a  total of 384 persons have received the Sinopharm vaccine.

Mr Manning added that  the total  number of persons who have received their first and second doses stands at 113,052.

Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 cases now stand  at 17,806 with 192 known deaths, while  the cumulative recoveries stands at 17,479.   There are   149,693  COVID-19 tests conducted  so far.

 All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 203,406,910 including 472,418 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 4,307,062 including 8,022 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Monday 9th August 2021.)

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