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Another suspected death from COVID-19 confirmed in PNG, first case reported in Lae
10:57 pm GMT+12, 28/07/2020, Papua New Guinea

 Papua New Guinea deputy Controller and Acting Health Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala has announced another suspected death from COVID-19 in the Nation's Capital.

Dr Dakulala told a media briefing Tuesday, that the case of a 35-year-old who passed away on the weekend, and announced by Prime Minister James Marape Monday, has been confirmed as a death due to COVID-19.

Dr Dakulala said according to a copy of the deceased's death certificate, he died due to respiratory illness as a result of COVID-19.

He said a second suspected death will be confirmed today - Wednesday 29 July.

While the authorities have claimed that this first case has died of COVID-19, his relatives have denied these statements, saying their relative died from other health issues and not COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a first case of COVID-19 was reported in Lae Tuesday.

“On Sunday, 26 July, a 37-year-old male flew into Lae from Port Moresby on Air Niugini PX 106. The person attended a workshop Monday and Tuesday. The male reported feeling unwell on Monday and was tested today (Tuesday).

“The test result came back positive for COVID-19 by GeneXpert testing,” a statement from Morobe Provincial Health Authority said.

“The individual with COVID only has mild symptoms that are improving and is being treated for his mild symptoms.

"The other workshop participants are in isolation awaiting screening. No other workshop participants are displaying symptoms," the statement said.

The Morobe PHA Rapid response team has commenced tracing and testing.

SOURCE: NBC NEWS/MOROBE PROVINCIAL HEALTH AUTHORITY/PACNEWS


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