PNG records four new COVID-19 deaths – total deaths at 191

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Papua New Guinea has recorded four new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday 17 July, increasing the total number of deaths to 191.

All four deaths were recorded in the Western Highlands Province.

Also 48 new COVID-19 cases were reported within the same period in seven provinces, increasing the total number of cases to 17,515. New Ireland province reported 31 of the 48 new cases, Enga six, the National Capital District five, East Sepik and Jiwaka reported two cases each with both Milne Bay and Eastern Highlands reporting one each.

Of the 48 new cases, 40 are males and eight females. Their ages range from 26 to 65 years. Twenty-four out of the 48 cases were experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing whilst three had existing medical conditions. Four of the cases had contact with confirmed cases and two were health workers.

The country’s COVID-19 cases now stands at 17,515 with 191 known deaths. The total cumulative recoveries stands at 17,153. To date, a total of 143,305 people have tested for COVID-19.

All 22 provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases.

Of the 17,515 positive COVID-19 cases recorded to date:

· 11,017 are males;
· 6,341 are females;
· 9,448 were symptomatic;
· 3,561 had comorbidities or existing medical conditions;
· 584 had to be hospitalized;
· 39 were on ventilator;
· 1,638 were health care workers;
· 17,153 cases have recovered; and
· 171 cases considered active within the last 21 day period.

SOURCE: PNG GOVT/PACNEWS