One new COVID-19 case reported – PNG total cases at 851

Tuesday 26 January

Papua New Guinea reported one new case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours increasing the country’s total cases to 851.

The latest case was reported from the National Capital District.

A 50-year-old international contractor who has been tested positive is in hotel quarantine. He arrived from Philippines on 18th January. He was not showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing but swab samples proved otherwise.

Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 cases now stand at 851 with nine known deaths.

A total of 41,652 people have tested for Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Eight hundred and twelve people have recovered whilst 265 samples are pending at the laboratories. Thirty 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 Cases
NCD 368
Western Province 214
West New Britain 168
East New Britain 30
New Ireland 19
Eastern H/lands 13
Western H/lands 10
Central 10
Morobe 6
East Sepik 3
Enga 3
Milne Bay 2
West Sepik 2
Southern H/lands 1
Hela Province 1

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 98,794,942 including 514,098 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The death toll is 2,112,689 of which 13,688 were reported in the last 24 hours.

Police Commissioner and Controller of the National Pandemic Response David Manning has reiterated calls for the public to embrace the Niupela Pasin or new normal COVID-19 health protocols. He said defence is our best offence so citizens must wear masks at all times out in public areas, avoid crowds, wash hands and surface tops regularly and importantly, do a test for COVID-19.

“Our testing is also very low and I encourage Provincial health Authorities to take it upon themselves to increase testing. I also urge our people to do the tests voluntarily as well. Knowing your health status can protect your loved ones,” 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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