PNG COVID cases reach 4, 660


March 27, 2021 - 337 views

Papua New Guinea's COVID-19 cases shot up to 4, 660 after 560 more new cases were recorded on Wednesday. 

The death toll remains at 39.

National Pandemic Response Controller, David Manning, said the new cases came from 13 provinces.

The National Capital District reported the highest of 426 while Autonomous Region of Bougainville reported 39, Morobe – 24, East New Britain – 15, Madang – 10, Chimbu – 11, Western Highlands – 9, Gulf – 8, New Ireland – 6, Southern Highlands – 5, Central – 3, Jiwaka – 3 and Eastern Highlands – 1.

As cases rise, Northern Governor Garry Juffa and Madang MP and Justice Minister Bryan Kramer have both shared their experiences with COVID-19 on social media.

“I had COVID-19. I am now COVID-19 free 13 days now,” posted Mr Juffa on social media on March 6.

“I am not sure where I contracted it, but I tested positive.”

Mr Juffa was sick for three full weeks and said, “It’s no laughing matter and I do not wish it upon anyone. I am fortunate it was not as bad as others. I am still not 100 per cent well although I am medically cleared of COVID-19 now.”

Justice Minister Kramer said he does not know where he contracted it but at the time he tested positive, he had no symptoms (asymptomatic) but by the next day he developed flu-like symptoms.

Mr Kramer’s case was mild. He wrote, “I felt light-headed and I had head and body aches that lasted three days. By day four I felt fine. By day 10, I was feeling like I had full recovery. I was tested again hoping to return a negative result. However, the result showed I was still infected. While I felt fine, I had to remain isolated to avoid infecting anyone else.”

They say COVID-19 is not a joke and must be taken seriously.

Since the testing started last year, a total of 63,700 people in PNG have been tested for COVID-19, out of which 4,660 have tested positive.

The total number of recoveries is unclear.

Meanwhile, the Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner Mr David Manning is reminding everyone to continue to follow the health measures in the “Niupela Pasin”.

“Wash your hands often with water and soap, cough or sneeze into bent elbow – not your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and limit social gatherings and time spent in crowded places. Avoid hugging and shaking hands. You can be nice to someone by waving, bowing and nodding. It’s still alright,” Mr Manning said.

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