Papua New Guinea has recorded another COVID-19 death bringing the total number of deaths from to 12 on Thursday 25 February.
A 63 year old male from West Sepik province is the latest reported COVID-19 death. He was admitted to Sandaun Provincial Hospital on the 19th of this month until his death.
The death comes as 89 new cases have been reported in West Sepik, West New Britain, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and in the National Capital District.
This is the highest number of cases reported in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic in PNG.
A total of 75 new cases were reported in West Sepik, 12 cases in NCD and a case each in WNB and AROB.
Of the 75 new cases in West Sepik, 39 are males and 36 are females with ages ranging between 14 to 78 years. Twenty-two of the cases were showing symptoms of COVID-19 whilst 52 were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Forty-five of the 75 cases came into contact with previous known cases. All cases are from Vanimo Green River.
In NCD, a total of nine males and three females between the ages of 23 to 54 were tested positive. Six cases showed symptoms of COVID-19 whilst six others were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Five of the 12 cases came into contact with previous positive cases.
In West New Britain, a 33 year old male has been tested positive for COVID-19. He was not showing symptoms of COVID-19 at the time of testing but swab samples returned otherwise.
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville also reported its second case. A 42 year old female is the latest to be confirmed positive. She was experiencing fever, cough, chills and headache at the time of testing.
The country’s COVID-19 case as a result stands at 1,228 with 12 known deaths.
Seventeen provinces including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) have reported cases. The distribution of the cases is as follows:
Provinces Confirmed Cases
Western Province 323
West New Britain 195
West Sepik 114
East New Britain 35
New Ireland 23
Eastern Highlands 13
Western Highlands 13
East Sepik 5
Milne Bay 2
Hela Province 1
Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 11,762,965 including 326,531 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
The death toll is 2,479,678 of which 8,384 were reported in the last 24 hours.