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Eleven new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from Western Province were reported in Tuesday, raising PNG's total COVID-19 cases to 565.
Western Province has 202 cases whilst the National Capital District (NCD) maintains the highest number of cases with 334.
All the new cases come from North fly electorate and with ages ranging from 13 to 21. There are 10 men and one woman all of whom are asymptomatic.
Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS, Sir Puka Temu, today said he has issued instruction for much of the attention to be given to both Western Province and NCD given the rate at which the positive cases are recorded in the two provinces.
“I have issued instructions to my Department to ensure both manpower and resources are well distributed to these two areas to address the rising positive cases there," said Sir Puka.
Sir Puka said this today when accepting the donation of ventilators from the Chinese Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
To date, 26,620 people have been tested for coronavirus in PNG. Additional 134 samples are pending laboratory results.
A total of 537 people have recovered from COVID-19 whilst there are 21 active cases that are being isolated. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 remains at seven.
There are 13 provinces in the country that have confirmed COVID-19 cases.
SOURCE: PNG GOVT/PACNEWS
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