COVID-19 in PNG, September

Papua New Guinea // 24 September, 2020

At least 531 cases and seven deaths.

See the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page and the Government Information Centre for COVID-19 in PNG page.

Status: Limited Activity

24 September: In the last week 15 additional cases and one death have been reported. A total of 531 cases and seven deaths have been confirmed. The majority of recent cases are from Port Moresby, where community transmission is ongoing.

18 September: Five new cases were reported earlier in the week; four in Tabubil in Western Province and one in the capital. Low numbers of cases in the previous couple weeks has moved Papua New Guinea into the ‘Limited activity’ category. A total of 516 cases and 6 deaths have been reported.

15 September: A six death has been reported. A total of 511 cases have been confirmed in the country, the majority in the National Capital District (59%). The majority of cases in the week to 13 September are from NCD and seven cases were in healthcare workers.

10 September: During the last four days there have been ten new cases confirmed; six in NCD, two in Western Province and one each in Central and Milne Bay provinces. The Controller for the pandemic calls for increased testing to be conducted around the country, as some provinces have been sending in very few samples.

7 September: Ongoing cases take the total to 497 cases, including five fatalities. East Sepik detected its first cases; three cases were confirmed in Wewak on 5 September. There are now 13 affected provinces: National Capital District (290 cases, 58% of all cases), Western Province (183, 26%), Central (6), Morobe (5), East Sepik (3), East New Britain (2), West New Britain (2) and one case each in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Eastern Highlands, Miline Bay, New Ireland, Southern Highlands and West Sepik. Over 230 people have recovered.

4 September: The country has moved from Increasing activity category to the Decreasing category. Another province, West New Britain has now been affected and the total number of affected provinces now stands at 12.

2 September: A total of 460 cases have been confirmed, more than half of whom have been asymptomatic. Five people have died and 232 people have recovered. Eleven provinces have reported cases, with the National Capital District and Western Province most affected.

 

See the August updates for PNG here.


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