110 COVID-19 cases as of Aug 2

The cases, mostly health workers and inpatients, are from the Port Moresby General Hospital with only one case in Lae.  

Commissioner of Police and Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, said yesterday that these new cases now bring the total to 72 known active cases. These include 31 patients under care, with three critical cases, all in the Port Moresby General Hospital, including one on a ventilator.

“There are currently 2 moderate and 26 mild patients under care at Rita Flynn Isolation Centre after ten were discharged today (Sunday).

COVID-19 cases increase by 19

Pandemic Controller David Manning released the new figures in a statement yesterday evening.

“To date we have identified 91 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. Out of these, 2 have died and 34 have recovered, while 51 are active cases – 3 are severe, 3 moderate and the rest are mild,” he stated.

He said the 19 positive cases will join 22 inpatients currently being monitored at the Rita Flynn Isolation facility; before that 7 others were admitted yesterday evening.

Mexico's coronavirus death toll becomes world's third highest

It has now suffered at least 46,688 deaths during the pandemic, with a total of 424,637 infections.

Previously the United Kingdom had the third highest toll, and registered 46,204 deaths as of Friday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned the effects of the pandemic will be felt "for decades to come".

In Mexico, local authorities have previously said they believe the real number of infections is likely to be significantly higher than those reported.

10 die drinking sanitiser after Indian state shuts liquor shops

The village of Kurichedu has been placed in lockdown after a local surge in cases of coronavirus.

District police chief Siddharth Kaushal said the people who died had mixed the sanitiser with water and soft drinks.

They were alcohol-dependent, he added, and had started drinking the mixture about 10 days before they died.

"We are investigating whether the sanitiser had any other toxic content," Mr Kaushal told reporters.

He added that they had sent samples of the sanitiser away for chemical analysis.

Fiji records first COVID-19 death

At a press conference today (Friday), the Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the man had returned from India where he had recently undergone cardiac-related surgery.

The man contracted COVID-19 in India.

There were nine border quarantine cases reported from Fijians who were repatriated from India on 1 July.

The cases were confirmed on 20 July.

According to Dr Waqainabete, each of the patients have been securely isolated and have not had any contact with the public.

There has been no new COVID-19 case since 20 July.

PPE distributed to communities

The personal protective equipment (PPE) are being distributed by Oil Search Foundation across hospitals and medical clinics in consultation with the National Department of Health and Provincial Health Authorities in Hela, Southern Highlands and Gulf Province. This assistance complements the work the Company medical services team and Oil Search Foundation are already providing in these areas.  

Ex-US presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after refusing to wear mask

Cain, 74, learned of his diagnosis on June 29, nine days after attending a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he and many others crowded together without wearing face masks aimed at preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.

He spent most of July in an Atlanta-area hospital.

"Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me. He was a very special man, an American Patriot, and great friend," Trump wrote on Twitter.

ADB announces more than $13 million in grants to help Pacific combat COVID-19

The total financing of $13.3 million comes from ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund and comprises $1 million for the Cook Islands; $1.5 million for Kiribati; $630,000 for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); $1.03 million for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); $1 million for Palau; $3 million for Papua New Guinea; $1.5 million for Samoa; $1.5 million for Solomon Islands; $630,000 for Tuvalu; and $1.5 million for Vanuatu.

Health dept gets PPE

The Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) together with its movement partners, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), gave the items to help protect front line health workers and facilitate them in one of their challenging tasks.

Upgraded COVID-19 strategies for NCD

Responding to misinformation on social media, taskforce chairman and NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, said the COVID-19 pandemic is real.

“We must accept that it’s here. The sooner we accept and come to terms the better and faster we can respond and reduce and eliminate infection and transmission,” said Governor Parkop.

We can all help to stop the spread if we undertake the following protocol: