Thirteen Covid-19 deaths in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s Covid-19 deaths have reached 13 as of Saturday, February 27, 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic response centre says a 49 year old male from the National Capital District was the last recorded death.

He was experiencing cough and shortness of breath until his death.

The death comes as 20 new cases have been reported in West Sepik, Southern Highlands, Autonomous Region of Bougainville and in the National Capital District.

In the NCD, nine new cases were reported of which five were males and four were females. The youngest of the nine cases is 26 years old and the oldest is 56. Seven of the nine cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst two cases were asymptomatic at the time of testing.

Eight new cases were reported in West Sepik of which four are male and four are females with ages ranging from 20 to 69 years old. All eight cases were asymptomatic at the time of testing but swab samples returned otherwise. Five out of the eight cases came into contact with previous positive cases.

Two cases were reported in the Southern Highlands province. A 22-year-old-and 45-year-male mine worker from Nipa- Kutubu have tested positive. One of the men recently travelled from NCD.

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A 40-year-old male is the latest confirmed positive case in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The man from North Bougainville was showing symptoms of COVID-29 at the time of testing.

The country’s COVID-19 case stands at 1,295 with 13 known deaths.

Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:

Provinces                      Confirmed Cases

NCD                                477

Western Province            323

West New Britain             196

West Sepik                       134

East New Britain                38

Madang                              35

New Ireland                        23

Eastern Highlands              13

Western Highlands             13

Central                                 3

Morobe                                9

East Sepik                           9

Enga                                    3

SHP                                     3

AROB                                  3

Milne Bay                             2

Hela                                     1

TOTAL                          1,295

The pandemic control centre has continued to remind citizens about practising the control measures to prevent contracting the virus.

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