Papua New Guinea has so far tested a total of 14,676 people for Covid-19, of which 13,522 have returned negative and 398 positive with the death toll of four.
This was after one more case of Covid-19 was reported in the past 24 hours ending 12pm Friday, August 21, bringing its total confirmed cases to 398. The new case was from the National Capital District and was detected at the Port Moresby General Hospital.
The case was a 39-year-old man who lives at Nine-Mile in Moresby Northeast. At the time of testing, he had fever, cough and muscle aches.
When announcing the new case, Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning said cases in NCD were continuing to rise and urged every resident in NCD to adhere to the health protocols against Covid-19.
“The number of cases in NCD is now 254. This is a big increase, and unless people adhere to the health measures in place, we are likely to see a rise in Covid-19 cases,’’ he said.
Mr Manning said there were far too many people walking around in public places without masks, who are likely to pass the infection if they have it.
He said at this stage, there was community transmission happening in the country.
Recoveries stood at 232 and active cases at 162.
The number of tests pending laboratory results is 671.
The update at NCD showed that the Rita Flynn isolation facility currently had four cases – three mild and one moderate. Five people were also discharged from the facility.
At Port Moresby General Hospital, there are six cases admitted out of which three are mild and three moderate.