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Wearing of masks in public in Port Moresby is mandatory for everyone, including school children, according to Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape.
He said the increasing number of positive cases in the capital city required the wearing of masks in public to stop the community transmission of the Covid-19.
“Bus operators and passengers must all wear masks,” he said.
“(Bus operators) must have sanitisers (to be used by passengers when boarding the vehicle) and to implement a 1.5metres social distancing.”
Education Minister Joseph Yopyyopy said the wearing of masks in schools was compulsory in the National Capital District and Central.
Schools resume on Monday after a two-week break prompted by the sharp increase in cases in the city.
“The Government has considered the implications on the education of students before it took the decision to reopen schools,” he said.
Yopyyopy said students and teachers must give more time to teaching and learning.
“Teachers are advised to give more teaching and learning to core subjects that will be examined,” he said.
“The resumption date has been moved to next week to allow parents and students to use the rest of this week to prepare.”
He also called on teachers, parents and children to stay alert.
“It is necessary for all of us involved in education to be vigilant,” he said.
He urged everyone to follow the safety measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 in schools.
Meanwhile,more than than 100,000 masks and other personal protective equipment will be distributed by non-essential public servants in a joint awareness and assessment campaign in the National Capital District.
Secretary for Youth, Religion and Community Development Anna Bais said the distribution programme would start on Monday covering 41 suburbs and villages.
The initiative led by the department in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council and Department of Personnel Management is part of the implementation phase of the Covid-19 awareness and assessment plan.
Bais said the PPEs included cloth masks sewn by mothers and youths in the city.
“Most mothers engaged in sewing masks are participants of the informal sector who are badly affected by the Covid-19 restrictions in NCD,” she said.
“Today we have over 100, 000 masks sewn by mothers and youths in the informal sector space. Many mothers conveyed their heartfelt appreciation to the Government for recognising their skills and services by including them as active participants in the fight against the Covid 19.”
Bais said the masks costing K5 (1.44) each would earn K500,000 (US$144,000) for more than 500 families.
She said the team would also distribute information brochures on the Covid-19, carry out awareness and impact assessment.
They will be grouped into three electorates headed by three secretaries: Department of Personnel Management Taies Sansan, Bais and acting chief secretary Isaac Lupari.
SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS
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