PNG reports 13 new Omicron cases in the country

The Papua New Guinea National Pandemic Control Center has reported thirteen (13) new Omicron cases  for the country last Thursday bringing the total to 14 omicron cases.

There were eight deaths also reported  last Thursday bringing the total fatalities to 636 deaths, with 329 new cases reported.

The National Pandemic Control Centre is yet to clarify if the recent deaths were related to the new variant.

Deputy Controller Dr. Daoni Esorom says these 13 new cases of Omnicron were among 333 new cases of COVID-19 reported on that day. Of these thirteen new cases, National Capital District reported 8, Central 3, New Ireland 2 and Eastern Highlands 1. 

Twenty-five (25) new cases of the Delta Variant were also reported, 13 from Gulf and 12 from Manus, raising the number of confirmed cases of Delta to 733. 

From the 333 new cases of COVID, NCD reported the majority which was 119, Southern Highlands 91, Central 39, Northern 22, Jiwaka 19, Hela 15, Manus 7, Western 5, Morobe 5, West Sepik 5, Western Highlands and the Eastern Highlands 2 each, and East New Britain and Milne Bay 1 each. 

As of last Friday, there were 329 new cases of COVID-19 reported which has raised the country’s cumulative total confirmed cases to 39, 909. 

The recoveries stand at 37, 706.  

The vaccination rate is still low, with over 400, 000 administered and only over 200 000 persons fully vaccinated.

Source: NBC News/One PNG News

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