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Papua New Guinea has confirmed the 11th positive case of Covid-19 after aggressive contact tracing and a step up in targeted testing.
Case 11 is a 26-year-old female who resides in Port Moresby and is a close contact of Case 10.
Case 11 is doing well and is being monitored by the trained staff at Rita Flynn.
The result was returned from the CPHL Laboratory in Port Moresby at 7:30pm on 25 June, 2020.
The source of infection for all recent cases is still under investigation.
Deputy Controller Dr Paison Dakulala reiterated that: “People will not know that they have Covid-19, and may move around town feeling unwell and most importantly being in an infectious state.
“This drives home the importance of staying home when you have flu like symptoms, cough, body aches and fever. Our 1800200 hotline is manned 24 hours and can assist you to get tested.”
Controller David Manning also said: “In the last 48 hours we have we have confirmed two new cases in Port Moresby. I will seek advice from our health officials in the morning and will make a decision on whether or not to enforce restrictions in the city going forward.
“I would also like to caution members of the general public not to share fake news on social media and through other sources.
“My cyber crime unit alerted me to the circulation of fake positive cases on Facebook and through Whatsapp messaging.
The only credible information in relation to positive cases are from decla rations made from the NCC,” Manning said.
Meanwhile, the PNG government is adamant no immigration laws, airport and Covid-19 protocols, including national security, were breached when a Chinese businessman and his entourage were allowed in the country.
Deputy Pandemic Controller Dr Paison Dakulala said that, as stated by Prime Minister James Marape and Pandemic Controller David Manning, there was nothing sinister and wrong with the flight and the business trip.
The US$368,992 chartered flight to PNG was to bring a K1 million (US$289,000) worth of PPE presented by a business tycoon Chen Mailin, he said.
Mailin’s in Vancouver, Canada, the tycoon’s team was in PNG at the invitation of the PNG government and top business contacts.
The team comprised Cao Yu, Chen Mailin, Hui Ngok Lun and Wong Da Hao Andy and its flight crew Amell, Susan Amaryllis, Brownie, Oliver Francis, Spencer, George Matthew arrived in Port Moresby allegedly without proper instruments, visas, customs clearance, landing permit and quarantine protocols.
But Dr Dakulala said the short-term business trip was all cleared and given exemptions by the government and the Pandemic’s National Control Centre as they were here to present health equipment – PPE. They were also in town to look at business opportunities and have meetings with counterparts in the country, he said.
Controller Manning also said that the Chinese business tycoon and his associates’ arrival instruments into PNG were done under very controlled protocols and that nothing was wrong with their travel. He also defended that all measures were observed and that there was nothing wrong with the arrival of this team.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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