PNG COVID-19 death toll rises to 191, cases increase to 17,515

Papua New Guinea has recorded four new COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 12 midday on Saturday 17 July, increasing the total number of deaths to 191.

All four deaths were recorded in the Western Highlands Province. Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning,  further confirmed  48 new COVID-19 cases which were detected   within the same period in seven provinces, increasing the total number of cases to 17,515. New Ireland province reported 31 cases followed by  Enga with  six, the National Capital District five, East Sepik and Jiwaka reported two cases each, and  both Milne Bay and Eastern Highlands reporting one each.

Of the 48 new cases, 40 are males and eight females, with  ages  between  26  and  65 years. Mr Manning said 24 of  the 48 cases were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing whilst three had existing medical conditions.

 Four of the cases had contact with confirmed cases and two were health workers. The country’s COVID-19 cases now stand at 17,515 with 191 known deaths, whilst a total cumulative recoveries stand at 17,153.

In the meantime,  a total of 143,305 people have tested for COVID-19. All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

Of the 17,515 positive COVID-19 cases recorded to date:

· 11,017 are males;

· 6,341 are females;

· 9,448 were symptomatic;

· 3,561 had comorbidities or existing medical conditions;

· 584 had to be hospitalized;

· 39 were on ventilator;

· 1,638 were health care workers;

· 17,153 cases have recovered; and

· 171 cases considered active within the last 21 day period.

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 190,260,709. The death toll stands at 4,091,334.

(PNG COVID-19 statistics as of Saturday 17th July 2021.)

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