NCC dispatches team to Hela Province to support COVID-19 response – PNG cases at 599

Sunday 8 November 2020

The National Control Centre (NCC) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response has dispatched a team to Hela Province to support the provincial health teams in case investigation, contact tracing and collection of samples for testing.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said Hela Province reported its first case this week and health workers from the National Department of Health (NDOH) would  work closely with counterparts in scaling up surveillance and testing to prevent further spread of the virus.

“To date, Papua New Guinea has 599 COVID-19 cases, including seven deaths.”

Mr  Manning  added that  29,466 people  have been tested for coronavirus, with  additional 66 samples  pending laboratory results.

Of the total COVID-19 cases, 585 people have recovered whilst there are seven active cases that are being isolated.

Fifteen provinces (including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville) have confirmed COVID-19 cases:


Provinces Confirmed Cases
NCD 346
Western Province 203
Eastern Highlands 13
West New Britain 10
Central 7
Morobe 5
East Sepik 3
Milne Bay 2
East New Britain 2
Enga 2
New Ireland 2
West Sepik 1
Southern Highlands 1
Hela Province 1


Globally, since the start of the outbreak, there have been a total 50,247,297 confirmed cases and the death toll stands at 1,225,628.

There was an increase of 598,002 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 765,219 cases and 15,938 deaths.


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