PNG Prime Minister Confirms Five New Cases of COVID-19 in PNG

April 17th, 2020

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape has confirmed that there are now five new cases of coronavirus in Papua New Guinea.   This brings to a total of seven persons who have now contracted the coronavirus or COVID-19.   Briefly the seven persons who have contracted the disease are all well.  This includes the, first imported case, a male adult Australian mine employee who is now in Australia who have recovered. And the second local in the East New Britain Province.

Details of the five new cases are as follows:
• Firstly, there is a 12 year old male from Western Province. • Second case is a 30 year old male from Western Province. • Third case is an adult female in the Western Province whose age is unknown. • Fourth case is a 42 year old female from NCD. • Fifth case is a 37 year old male from East New Britain.

All those cases were consistently positive after repeated tests.  For the full Ministerial Statement MS-56-20-COVID-19-JATF-PM-J.Marape-SOE-Update-NOC-Case-16.04.20.docx

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