PEOPLE from all sorts of backgrounds are getting infected with Covid-19 including professionals, says National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning.
“Some people think this is a hoax, but the Covid-19 is real,” Manning who is also the Police Commissioner said in a statement.
He said there were nine new Covid-19 cases bringing the national total to 497 as of Sunday.
He said the new cases were from Tabubil in Western.
“Of the nine new cases, seven were asymptomatic, while two had signs and symptoms.
“Five of the cases are contacts of previously-reported confirmed case.
“On Saturday, East Sepik reported for the first time three confirmed cases: two are lawyers while one is a plumber.”
Manning said the symptoms of the Covid-19 included fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing.
He said some have muscle aches, chills, headache and chest pain.
“In some instances, those with the Covid-19 do not have any symptom.
“The only way to confirm the Covid-19 is to have a laboratory test.”
Manning said the majority of the cases have also been mild and moderate.
He said as experienced in other countries, the five deaths reported in PNG so far had underlying health conditions.
“Wearing masks in shops, markets, enclosed spaces, and in public places is not just to protect yourself but others as well (so) be responsible and protect the vulnerable.”
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