26 Sep 2020

PNG confirms another Covid-19 case

8:15 am on 26 September 2020

Papua New Guinea's confirmed cases of Covid-19 has reached 532 after a new case was reported in the National Capital District (NCD) in the last 24 hours.

The latest Covid-19 case is a 21 year-old woman from the Gerehu suburb in the North West electorate.

She is now isolated at the Rita Flynn whilst the NCD response teams are carrying out contact tracing.

The total number of confirmed cases in NCD has reached 316, prompting calls for citizens to be on the look out for symptoms of Covid-19 and get tested at the earliest.

PNG Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning

PNG Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning Photo: EMTV

"People from all sorts of backgrounds are getting infected, including young people and professionals," according to National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning.

"I remind everyone that there are designated health facilities in all the provinces and drive through facilities in Port Moresby for the public to come forward for testing," Mr Manning said.

To date, of the 23,777 persons tested for coronavirus, 23,246 have turned out to be negative.

An additional 118 samples are pending laboratory results whilst 7 active cases are currently in isolation.

So far, a total of 516 persons have recovered whilst death from Covid-19 remains at seven.

There are 13 provinces that have confirmed cases:

NCD 316

Western Province 189

Central 7

Morobe 5

East Sepik 3

West New Britain 3

East New Britain 2

Milne Bay 2

Southern Highlands 1

Eastern Highlands 1

West Sepik 1

New Ireland 1

AROB (Bougainville) 1