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PNG records nine new COVID-19 cases on Sunday,records another COVID-19 death
04:23 am GMT+12, 21/09/2020, Papua New Guinea

A total of nine new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases had been reported in Papua New Guinea's National Capital District (NCD) on Sunday.
 
The new cases comprised of four women and five men, with ages ranging from 18 to 60 years old.
 
Three of the nine cases had contact with a previous positive case.
 
The new cases were detected from the various swab collection sites in NCD: Drive Thru Testing at Taurama Aquatic Center (4); Rita Flynn (3); Port Moresby General Hospital (1) and a Community Testing Center (1).
 
“We are identifying cases from different parts of the city, further reinforcing that we have community transmission,” says Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning.
 
With the latest increase in the COVID-19 cases in the nation’s capital,Manning has urged citizens to strictly adhere to prevention measures, further calling on them to come forward for COVID-19 testing.
 
“Testing for COVID-19 enables us to identify cases quickly, provide them with appropriate care, and quarantine their contacts. Thus, I urge Papua New Guineans to get tested if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Knowing your status can prevent you from spreading the virus to your family and friends,” Manning said.
 
The Controller says health facilities throughout the country must do swabbing according to the testing strategy and send the samples to laboratories for testing.
 
Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea has recorded another death from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the country’s death toll to seven.
 
A 71-year old male from Central Province who resided in Moresby South was brought to the Port Moresby General Hospital on the 18th of September. He had fever, cough and shortness of breath. He tested positive for COVID-19 and died on the same day.
 
He had underlying medical condition: hypertension and diabetes.
 
The rapid response teams of Central Province and National Capital District have been notified and advised to commence contact tracing immediately to ensure contacts are quarantined and monitored.
 
“This recent death reinforces our call to our citizens to go to your health facilities and get tested if you have symptoms such as cough, fever, sore throat or difficulty breathing. Knowing your COVID-19 status will enable you to get immediate medical care,” Manning said.
 
Amidst the latest death, the Controller once again urged citizens to come forward for COVID-19 testing.
 
“I remind Papua New Guineans that our elderly and those with other diseases are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. It is an act of love to know your COVID-19 status so you do not spread the virus to your family and friends, especially the elderly,” Manning highlighted.
 
The Controller also repeated his earlier call for health facilities throughout the country to do more swabbing according to the testing strategy and to send the samples to laboratories for testing.
 
To date, PNG has a total of 526 confirmed COVID-19 cases in 13 provinces: NCD (311); Western Province (189); Central (7); Morobe (5); East Sepik (3); East New Britain (2); West New Britain (2); Milne Bay (2); and one case each from Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands, West Sepik, New Ireland and Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS


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