PNG's West New Britain records first cases of Covid-19

11:50 am on 3 September 2020

Papua New Guinea's West New Britain has reported its first Covid-19 cases, making it the 12th province to record an infection.

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Photo: Kimbe Town Community

West New Britain had earlier failed to send samples for testing last month.

The province's two new cases, coupled with nine in the National Capital District, bring the country's number of coronavirus infections to 471.

There have been 232 recoveries but also five Covid-related deaths.

Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning, says unlike some diseases, with Covid-19 the recoveries could go on to live normal lives as before.

"I appeal to everyone to avoid stigmatising people who contract Covid-19.

"We know from experience from other countries that once someone has recovered, she or he does not have the virus anymore,'' he said.

He said the active cases were monitored at health and isolation facilities until they were well and free of the coronavirus before they were discharged.

Manning again urged people to continue to be vigilant to protect themselves and others from Covid-19, saying simple actions of health protocols are not painful, but inaction could be.

"Together we can stop the spread of Covid-19 in our country."

PNG Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning

PNG Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning Photo: EMTV