Number of Covid-19 cases in PNG increases to 1,029

Friday 19  February 2021


Papua New Guinea recorded  59 new  confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  today (February 19), increasing the country’s total  number  to 1,029.

The latest cases were reported in Western Province, West Sepik and  the National Capital District.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said,   of the 59 cases, 47  were   reported in Western Province, nine in West Sepik and three in the National Capital District.

 “From the 47 cases in Western Province,   37 are males, nine females and one unknown. The youngest  was an  11 year-old whilst the oldest was 53 years of age.

“Forty three   of the 47 cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 virus whilst four did not show symptoms at the time of testing, and  were all detected by the Ok Tedi Mine through testing at the entry point into Tabubil.”

Mr Manning added that nine cases were reported  in West Sepik, of   which seven were  males and two females, with  ages ranging from 18 to 65 years.

“Eight of the nine cases did not show symptoms of COVID-19 virus at the time of testing, however one person   had symptoms of Covid-19 at the time of testing.

All nine cases are from the Vanimo Green electorate.

Meantime, three  males were reported with confirmed COVID-19 infections in NCD,  with ages   ranging from 47 to 61 years.


Two of the three cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 virus whilst one did not at the time of testing.

Mr Manning said the three cases returned from a recent trip to Madang, Morobe and New Ireland provinces.

As of Friday 19 February 2021, the country’s COVID-19 cases stand  at 1,029 with 10 known deaths.

A total of 47,490 people have tested for COVID-19, with 846   people having been  recovered whilst 380 samples are pending  testing at respective laboratories.

 Mr Manning confirmed that 164   active cases are  currently in isolation.

Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have recorded  cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:

Provinces                        Confirmed Cases

NCD                                 386

Western Province            280

West New Britain             194

East New Britain               34

Madang                            34

West Sepik                       25

New Ireland                      22

Eastern Highlands           13

Central                             11

Western Highlands          10

Morobe                             9

East Sepik                        3

Enga                                3

Milne Bay                         2

AROB                              1

Hela Province                  1

SHP                                 1

TOTAL                             1,029

“Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 109,594,835 including 363,654 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 2,424,060 of which 9,619 were reported in the last 24 hours,” Mr Manning said.

Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS

COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force

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