PNG records 63 new COVID-19 cases – total at 16,791

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Papua New Guinea recorded 63 new COVID-19 cases on Monday further increasing PNG’s total to 16,791 cases including 165 known deaths.

The new cases were reported in six provinces with Manus reporting the highest with 29 cases, followed by both Western Highlands and East New Britain with 12 cases each, Milne Bay reported eight, Hela and the NCD recorded one case each.

Police Commissioner and Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response David Manning said six countries considered to be in the “high risk level” category appear to be amongst the first 10 countries with high frequency of travels into PNG.

They are the Philippines, China, Malaysia, the United States of America, India and Indonesia.

Manning said Australia has the highest number of travellers into PNG but is in the low risk level category whilst Singapore, which has the fourth highest number of travellers into PNG is among countries with medium risk level.

SOURCE: PNG GOVT/PACNEWS