PNG confirms 21 new COVID-19 cases bringing total to 1,077

Monday 22 February 2021

Twenty-one new cases  of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in the country today  (Monday February 22) increasing its  total number  of  cases to 1,077.

The latest cases were reported in the Western Highlands, East Sepik, Central and the National Capital District.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said  of the  21 cases, 15 were recorded In NCD, three in Western Highlands, two in the East Sepik  and one in the Central province.

He added that  out of the 15 cases in NCD,   nine were males and six  females, with ages  between   nine to 68 years old.

Eleven of the 15 cases  showed  symptoms of COVID-19 whilst four were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

While in the Western Highlands province,  three  positive cases  were  recorded in  males between the ages of 21 and 38 years, and  all  experienced  symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.

Mr Manning added that the two positive cases recorded in East Sepik province were a  56-year-old male and a 26-year-old female .

“In the Central province, a 41-year-old male is the latest to be reported positive. He was not showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing but swab samples returned otherwise.”

The country’s COVID-19 case as a result stands at 1,077 with 10 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

NCD                                 412
Western Province             280
West New Britain             194
West Sepik                       39
Madang                            35
East New Britain              35
New Ireland                      22
Eastern Highlands           13
Western Highlands          13
Central                             12
Morobe                            9
East Sepik                       5
Enga                                3
Milne Bay                         2
AROB                              1
Hela Province                  1
SHP                                 1
TOTAL                             1,077


Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 110,749,023 including 359,488 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 2,455,131 of which 9,075 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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