Covid-19 in PNG Deaths and Cases Q1 Update

This article gives a brief update of Covid-19 in PNG. The graph shows the cumulative total of positive cases and deaths in PNG from January to March 2021.

The data is compiled from the Official PNG Govt Covid-19 website. It shows that there is an exponential increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the first quarter of 2021.

The deaths are at 1% of the cases recorded. See the data table below.

MonthDeathsCases% Deaths/ Cases
31 Jan98951
28 Feb131,2751
31 Mar155,6201

30 March 2021 Covid-19 Update

PNG has recorded 5,620 Covid-19 cases and 56 known deaths on 30th March 2021. Of the 56 deaths,

  • 44 in NCD,
  • 3 in West Sepik,
  • 2 each in WNB, WHP, and Western Province,
  • 1 each from Enga, Jiwaka and Morobe province.

28 February 2021 Covid-19 Update

PNG reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday 26 February, increasing the country’s total cases to 1,275 and the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 13.

The February cases were reported in

  • West Sepik,
  • West New Britain,
  • East New Britain,
  • Central, East Sepik and in the
  • National Capital District.

31 January 2021 Covid-19 Update

As of January 31, there has been 895 COVID-19 cases and 9 deaths reported in PNG. From the period of February 1 to 7, there have been 28 new cases:

  • 15 from WNB,
  • 7 from Western,
  • 3 from the NCD,
  • 1 each from New Ireland, Central Province, and Madang.

Weekly Update – April 2021

Confirmed coronavirus cases (as of Monday 1st April 2021) is 6,475 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases with 60 deaths across the country.

According to the Official Covid-19 website,, the 5 provinces with the highest number of Covid-19 cases are:

  • NCD – 2, 945
  • Western –1,472
  • West New Britain – 201
  • West Sepik – 327
  • Morobe – 262

See the complete Covid-19 cases and deaths in PNG here.

Suspension of Classes Due of Covid-19 in PNG

The education department’s position on schools in the country during the latest increase in Covid-19 cases was made clear in this press release.

The closure is in line with the PNG Govt’s National Isolation Strategy. The Department of Education announced the closure of schools for 4 weeks, starting Monday 22nd March 2021. Here are the key points:

  • School Closure form 22nd March 2021 to 19th April 2021 (Weeks 8, 9, 10 of Term 1 and the Term 1 Holiday week, included)
  • Schools resume on Monday 19th April 2021.
  • School heads and Teachers must plan to recover the lost lessons once schools resume.
  • Education Department will use Radio, Television and the internet to deliver lessons for key subjects during the suspension period.
  • If there are Covid-19 cases in a school community, the individual(s) must immediately isolate themselves, and call the local medical centre and authorities.

The April positive cases curve not good

There is no indication that the exponential increase in the number of positive cases will slow in the month of April.

Though the number of COVID-19 related deaths are at 1%, it is a significant number. PNG health ministry and the govt must not rest on it laurels. It must act immediately to stop any more deaths.

We will continue to update this section at the end of the month and reproduce the graph for our readers, so stay in tune.

Please let us know what you think about the exponential increase in the number of cases and deaths in the country. Do you think the curve is likely to flatten anytime soon? Has the PNG govt done enough to address the situation?

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