PNG’s Covid-19 cases increase to 854

Thursday 28 January 2021

The West New Britain Province reported one new case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours increasing Papua New Guinea’s total cases to 854.

A 49-year-old male from Kandrian Gloucester district is the latest to be confirmed positive.

Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, confirmed that the 49-year-old was coughing and had a headache at the time of testing.

He was identified through mass screening at a road checkpoint.

Meanwhile, the country’s COVID-19 cases now stand at 854 with nine known deaths.

A total of 41,652 people have tested for COVID-19. Eight hundred and twenty-seven people have recovered whilst 59 samples are pending at the laboratories. Eighteen active cases are in isolation.

So far, 16 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases:


Provinces Confirmed Cases
NCD 368
Western Province 214
West New Britain 169
East New Britain 30
New Ireland 21
Eastern Highlands 13
Western Highlands 10
Central 10
Morobe 6
East Sepik 3
Enga 3
Milne Bay 2
West Sepik 2
Southern Highlands 1
Hela Province 1

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reached 99,864,391 including 468,808 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.  The death toll is 2,149,700 of which 12,856 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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