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Fear affecting COVID-19 testing in PNG
05:05 am GMT+12, 13/07/2020, Papua New Guinea

There is no new reported case of Covid-19 in the country although contact-tracing continues, Papua New Guinea National Pandemic Controller and Police Commissioner David Manning says.
 
He said PNG had reported only 11 cases so far.
 
Commissioner Manning said the Health Department was continuing its surveillance and testing but the biggest challenge remained fear and stigma in the limited testing.
 
“We continue to advocate that if you feel unwell, you must go for medical check-up and also that citizens must make themselves available and go to health centres and clinics for testings,” Comm Manning said.
 
He said the Government would launch later this month some new measures that would become the new normal for PNG and once launched for implementation the national and provincial control centres would monitor these with the help of police.
 
“The provincial control centres will become operational this week with provincial administrators to manage the operations with the provincial health authority,” he said.
 
Comm Manning said Covid-19 remained a threat to the country and the health and safety of people worldwide and no one must think it would not affect them.
 
He urged people to continue strict health protocols as global statistics still rising in the number of new cases and deaths.
 
Comm Manning said in the Western Pacific there has been 2,009 confirmed cases until Friday, with a total of 236,000 cases since the pandemic started, with five new cases in Fiji.
 
“Papua and West Papua in neighbouring Indonesia have reported 33 new cases in the last 24 hours (as of Friday), bringing the total number of cases to 2,340 and deaths at 24,” he said.
 
“Indonesia has a total 70,736 confirmed cases and 3,417 deaths so far.
 
“Covid-19 has surpassed HIV/AIDS statistics in the number of deaths with Covid-19 deaths reaching 551,000,” Comm Manning said.
 
“HIV/AIDS recorded 499,432 deaths,” he said.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS


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