Friday 26 February 2021
Papua New Guinea reported 47 new cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) today (26 February), increasing the country’s total number to 1,275.
Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning said of the 47 recorded cases, 26 were reported in the National Capital District, 12 in West Sepik, four in East Sepik, three in East New Britain and one case each in West New Britain and Central provinces.
Mr Manning said out of 26 cases reported in NCD, 17 were males and eight females, with ages ranging from one to 66 years old.
At the time of testing, 21 cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst five were asymptomatic. Four of the 26 positive cases came into contact with the previous positives.
Twelve cases were reported in West Sepik, of which six are males and six females with ages ranging from 22 to 70 years old.
Mr Manning added that three cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst nine were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Ten of the 12 cases came into contact with previous positive cases.
In the East Sepik province, four positive cases were recorded, of which one was a male and three females, with the oldest being a 68 year old.
One case was showing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst the other three were asymptomatic at the time of testing.
While in East New Britain, there were three new cases reported, of which ttwo are males and one female with ages ranging from 28 to 42 years.
Both West New Britain and Central province reported a case each in the last 24 hours.
A 33 year old male is the latest to be confirmed positive in West New Britain. He was showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.
In Central province, a 50 year old female health worker has been tested positive. She was experiencing sore throat, cough and muscle aches at the time of testing.
Mr Manning has confirmed the country’s COVID-19 cases at 1,275 with 12 known deaths.
Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:
Provinces Confirmed Cases
Western Province 323
West New Britain 196
West Sepik 126
East New Britain 38
New Ireland 23
Eastern Highlands 13
Western Highlands 13
East Sepik 9
Milne Bay 2
Hela Province 1
Mr Manning further highlighted that, globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 12,209,815 including 421,407 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
The death toll is 2,490,776 of which 10,508 were reported in the last 24 hours.
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