One new COVID-19 case reported – PNG total cases at 835

Sunday 17 January 2021

Papua New Guinea reported one new case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours increasing the country’s total cases to 835.

The latest case was reported in Western Province.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning says  a 42 year old male mine worker who resides in Tabubil, North Fly district is the latest to be tested positive.

He was not showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing but swab samples returned positive.

Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 cases as a result now stands at 835 with nine known deaths.

A total of 40,697 people have tested for COVID-19. Seven hundred and ninety people have recovered whilst 16 samples are pending at the laboratories. Thirty-six active cases are in isolation.

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


Provinces Confirmed Cases
NCD 365
Western Province 214
West New Britain 156
East New Britain 30
New Ireland 18
Eastern Highlands 13
Western Highlands 10
Central 10
Morobe 6
East Sepik 3
Enga 3
Milne Bay 2
West Sepik 2
Southern Highlands 1
Hela Province 1


Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 92,596,811 including 688,015 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The death toll is 2,001,773; of which 14, 718 were reported in the last 24 hours.


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