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Milne Bay reports first COVID-19 case…333 total COVID-19 cases to date
OFFICE OF THE CONTROLLER
Monday 17 August 2020
Milne Bay is the latest province confirming a COVID-19 case bringing the total number of cases in Papua New Guinea to 333.
The other provinces include Central, Western Province, Morobe, West Sepik, Southern Highlands, New Ireland, East New Britain, Eastern Highlands, National Capital District and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The first case from Milne Bay Province is a young woman aged 18 who has not traveled out of the province recently.Her sample was taken at the Alotau General Hospital and was tested positive at the PNG Institute of Medical Research laboratory. She is among 10 new cases reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The other nine cases are from the National Capital District.
“PNG in the past 32 days has tested and confirmed 333 positives out of 4,978 tests. These include the 950 tests from Ok Tedi Mining Limited. We are still seeing people in NCD walking around in public places without masks on, and PMVs not adhering to the protocols in place and I cannot emphasise more the need for everyone to please adhere to the Pandemic measures.
“The Government is doing everything to protect everyone, and it needs you to take responsibility of your health and that of your family,” Mr Manning said.
The other provinces that have reported positive COVID-19 cases are: the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Eastern Highlands, East New Britain, Morobe, New Ireland, Sandaun, Southern Highlands and Western.
Sixty five per cent of the positive cases are men and 35 per cent are female. The oldest is 84 years old and the youngest is 2 years old with the mean of 39 years old.
In the past 14 days, NCD have reported an increase in samples collected. This is due to the increased testing in the city.
David Manning, MBE, DPS, QPM
National Pandemic Response