PNG in need of Covid-19 testing kits

3:49 pm on 22 September 2020

Papua New Guinea's Health Minister says the country is lacking Covid-19 testing kits.

At least 1000 people queued in Queenstown for a Covid-19 test on 4 August 2020 after a recent visitor tested positive in South Korea.

Photo: RNZ / Tess Brunton

The Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, called on provinces to double their efforts in collecting swab samples for testing.

He said some provinces are failing to conduct swabbing on a regular basis.

However the Minister Jelta Wong said it was not so much that provinces were not trying to conduct testing.

He said provincial authoities were utilising the testing resources that were sent out to them from the central health agencies.

"The testing kits is what we are lacking in at the moment.

"As you know, the world is fighting for these testing kits at the moment, so we're in a line. We should get them by the end of this month."

Meanwhile, according to Manning's office, Papua New Guinea has reached 517 confirmed cases of Covid-19 cases across 13 provinces.

The death toll remains at seven.