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COVID-19 confirmed Cases in PNG Rise to 91

Papua New Guinea now has a total of ninety one confirmed COVID-19 cases, with two suspected deaths from the virus.

Controller David Manning in a statement released this afternoon, said thirty four have recovered while fifty one are active cases.

Mr. Manning said from these cases, three are severe, another three are moderate and the rest are mild.

He said of the ninety one, the largest of eighty three is from NCD, three from Western province, two from Morobe, another two from East New Britain and one from Eastern Highlands.

The Controller said there are currently twenty two inpatients being monitored at the Rita Flynn Isolation centre with seven more cases to be admitted later this evening.

Manning added that the nineteen confirmed cases will also be admitted later today.

He said from the ninety one patients, they have identified commons symptoms presented by eighty percent of the cases which include cough, chills, fever and shortness of breath among others.

The Controller said this shows that the virus can be tricky and therefore anyone displaying these symptoms must report quickly to any nearest clinic.

Meantime, Controller David Manning said more COVID-19 cases are expected to be confirmed in the coming days as more samples are being tested.

Mr. Manning called on everyone especially the residents of Port Moresby to be very cautious of their movement due to the current increase in the number of confirmed cases in the capital.

He reiterated his earlier calls for citizens to take responsibility for their health and that of their family by limiting movement and complying with health measures.

The Controller said to date, they have tested 10,471 persons through the Polymerase Chain reaction testing (PCR), 9,939 samples have been collected and returning negative while 355 are pending results from the PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka and Port Moresby.

NBC News/ PNG Today

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