Thursday 4 March 2021
Papua New Guinea reported 63 new cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in five provinces today (4 March), increasing the country’s total cases to 1,492.
The latest cases were reported in Morobe province, West Sepik, East Sepik, Western Province and in the National Capital District.
Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said of the total cases, six were reported in the Morobe province, seven in West Sepik, four in East Sepik, two in Western province, while NCD recorded 44 cases.
Four of the six cases in Morobe were males and two females, ages ranging from 14 to 53 years old.
Mr Manning said five persons showed symptoms of COVID-19 whilst one was asymptomatic at the time of testing. Five of the six cases have come into contact with previous known cases.
West Sepik reported seven new cases in which six are females and one male with ages ranging from 26 to 53 years.
One out of the seven cases was experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst the other six were asymptomatic at the time of testing.
Mr Manning also confirmed four cases for East Sepik of which two are males and two females, with ages between 28 to 59 years old.
“All four cases were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.”
He added that there were two new cases reported in the Western province, of which the youngest is an 11 year old, whilst the oldest is 23 years of age.
Both cases were reported to have come into contact with previous known cases.
Whilst in NCD, there were 44 cases reported of which 26 are males and 18 females. The youngest was 25 years old whilst the oldest was 65 years of age.
Mr Manning said 30 persons were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst 14 cases were asymptomatic at the time of testing.
Eight of the 44 reported cases have come into contact with previous known cases.
The country’s COVID-19 cases as a result stand at 1,492 with 16 known deaths.
There are currently 17 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) with recorded cases: The distribution of the cases is as follows:
Provinces Confirmed Cases
Western Province 325
West New Britain 196
West Sepik 148
East New Britain 38
New Ireland 23
Western Highlands 18
Eastern Highlands 13
East Sepik 13
Milne Bay 2
Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 114,428,211 including 348,281 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 2,543,755 of which 7,807 were reported in the last 24 hours.
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