PNG records nine new COVID-19 deaths: death toll up to 130: cases rise to 12,493

Sunday 9 May 2021

Papua New Guinea has recorded nine new COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours ending 12 midday on Sunday, May 9, increasing the total number of deaths to 130.

The deaths were reported in the National Capital District with three deaths; Western Highlands, five; and Eastern Highlands, recorded one.

Of the nine deaths, seven were males and two females between the ages of 47 and 75 years.

Commissioner of Police and Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, also confirmed   267 new cases as of 12 midday, May 9, 2021, increasing the country’s total Covid-19 infections to 12,493.

He said the cases were reported in 16 provinces: they include, East Sepik, reporting the highest with 50;  Western Highlands (49); New Ireland (44); East New Britain (30); Southern Highlands (21); Autonomous Region of Bougainville 19, Gulf 14, Manus 11, Morobe (8);  NCD (6); Oro (6); Hela (3);, Enga (2);  Madang (2);   Western province (1); and Eastern Highlands (1).

Of the 267 cases recorded, 105 were males and 151 females. Their ages range between two to 86 years. At the time of testing, 198 cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19, 46 had co-morbidities  and two had to be hospitalized.

From  the new cases 38 had contact with confirmed cases whilst 33 are health workers.

So far a total of 104,674 tests have been conducted for COVID-19. The country’s COVID-19 cases now stand at 12,493 with 130 known deaths.

Mr Manning further confirmed that 10,833 people have  recovered from Covid-19 , with 1,530 people still active within the last 14-day period.

All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases. (refer to statistics below)

COVID-19 statistics for Sunday May 9, 2021

Mr Manning added that  a total of 6,497 people have   been vaccinated  against Covid-19 so far.

Meanwhile, the National Rollout of the Covid-19  vaccination program  which was  launched on Tuesday 4 May, 2021, by Prime Minister, Hon. James Marape,  will consist of  three phases.

The first phase  which commenced on  Wednesday, 5 May,  would  cover  health workers and essential non-health workers. The second phase, from July to December,  is for those aged 45 years and older, while the third phase scheduled for 2022 and 2023 is for everyone, from ages 18 years and above.

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 158,309,522 including 783,013 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The death toll is at 3,296,311 including 13,022 new deaths in the last 24 hours ending 12 midday on Sunday May 9


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