No new cases recorded today – Controller calls on citizens not to be complacent

Saturday 31 July 2021


There were no  new  COVID-19 cases recorded  today (31 July 2021), however, Commissioner of Police and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, David Manning, called on citizens not  to be complacent.  

Mr Manning said, there were   several reasons why no new cases were reported today, among them would be the delay in the provinces sending the test results to the laboratories, under reporting of cases by health workers, low COVID-19 tests being conducted and limited contact tracing activities.

The Controller called on health workers to ensure test results are sent to labs for further tests as this will determine the extent of the outbreak in the country.

Mr Manning said although no new cases were recorded today the danger is far from over.

He  urged citizens to  get COVID-19 vaccine, as it  can protect  them against the virus, and   further appealed to   them  to voluntarily submit for vaccination

The  virus has so far  affected 17,774 people and claimed the lives of 192 people in Papua New Guinea.

“We continue to record COVID-19 cases which shows that community transmission is still occurring which is a worrying trend. Given the rise in community transmissions, every citizen has the responsibility to save lives through vaccination.

“I call on everyone to get vaccinated to save their loved ones and fellow Papua New Guineans.”

To date, the country has recorded 17,774 COVID-19 cases and 192 known deaths. All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 197,964,506 including 640,192 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 4,223,389 including 9,251 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Saturday 31st July 2021.)

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