PNG’s COVID-19 cases increase to 1,670

Sunday 7 March 2021

Papua New Guinea reported 87 new cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday March 7, increasing the country’s total cases to 1,670.

The latest cases were reported in, West Sepik, with 12 cases;  Morobe  has confirmed 20; Eastern Highlands  nine; and 46 infections  for  the National Capital District.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said of the 46 cases in NCD,  21 were  males whilst 25 are females, all between the ages of seven  and  68 years.

Twenty-nine cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 whilst 17 were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

West Sepik has confirmed  12 new cases of which one is a male and 11 females.

Mr Manning said 11  persons showed symptoms of COVID-19 whilst one was asymptomatic at the time of testing, adding nine  out of the 12 cases came into contact with previous known cases.

In the meantime,  Morobe reported 20 new cases of which eight are males and 12 females, with ages ranging from  20 to 57 years.

“Seventeen out of the 20 cases have come into contact with previous known cases.

Mr Manning further confirmed nine cases for  the Eastern Highlands of which five are males and four females between the ages of 29  and  65 years.

Seven cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing.

The country’s COVID-19 cases as a result stand  at 1,670 with 16 known deaths

There are currently 17  provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) with reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:

Provinces                        Confirmed Cases

NCD                                 704

Western Province            325

West New Britain             196

West Sepik                      174

Morobe                             48

AROB                               39

East New Britain               38

Madang                            35

Eastern Highlands           24

New Ireland                      23

Western Highlands           18

Central                             15

East Sepik                        13

SHP                                   3

Enga                                  3

Milne Bay                           2

Hela                                   1

TOTAL                     1,670

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 115,653,459 including 353,528 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The global death toll is 2,564,823 of which 7,192 were reported in the last 24 hours.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
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