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PNG COVID-19 DEATH TOLL REACHES 14

Papua New Guinea has recorded the 14th COVID-19 death on Monday.

A 60-year-old male from the National Capital District is the latest reported COVID-19 death.

He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Port Moresby General Hospital from 24th February till his death on Monday.

The death comes as 49 new cases were reported around the country on March 1, bringing the country’s COVID-19 cases to 1,365.

The cases were reported in four provinces: 13 in the National Capital District; two in West Sepik; three in Morobe province; and 31 in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

In the NCD, nine males and six females, ages ranging from 28 to 62 years were tested positive. Ten of the 15 cases showed symptoms whilst five were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

Four cases came into contact with previous positive cases. Of the 31 new cases reported in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, 18 are males and 13 are females.

The youngest of them was an eight-year-old whilst the oldest was 59. Twenty-two cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 whilst nine were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Nineteen of the cases had contact with previous positive cases.

The Morobe province reported three new cases. All three cases are females between the ages of 30 and 38 years. Two of the three cases came into contact with previous positive cases.

The country’s COVID-19 cases as a result stands at 1,365 with 14 known deaths. Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

The distribution of the cases are as follows:

Provinces Confirmed Cases

NCD 505

Western Province 323

West New Britain 196

West Sepik 141

East New Britain 38

Madang 35

AROB 34

New Ireland 23

Central 14

Eastern Highlands 13

Western Highlands 13

Morobe 12

East Sepik 9

SHP 3

Enga 3

Milne Bay 2

Hela 1

TOTAL 1,365

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 113,467,303 including 384,959 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll is 2,520,550 of which 8,320 were reported in the last 24 hours.

PNG Haus Bung

March 3, 2021