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Twenty three new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Papua New Guinea's the National Capital District (NCD) Sunday, the highest reported so far in a day since the outbreak.
Deputy Controller of the National Pandemic Response Dr Paison Dakulala announced the new cases in a statement following a meeting with Controller David Manning and Prime Minister James Marape.
“These now brings to total 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients in the country, an increase of 49 in just 10 days,” said Dr Dakulala.
He said there was a lull after eight cases during the state of emergency but after a month of lifting the SoE and allowing businesses, schools and normality to return, there are now new increases each day.
“We are seeing community transmission and I am therefore urging everyone to take our health messages very seriously.”
“You need to take responsibility of your health, your family, community and the country by wearing a mask, sanitizing your hands or simply stay at home if you have nothing better to do,” said Dr Dakulala.
"The Rita Flynn isolation facility has a 72-bed capacity and when these 23 cases are all moved there, this will leave only 25 beds."
The Health Department is working with the NCD Provincial Health Authority to address the isolation and quarantine facilities as well as other issues that need to be addressed in light of the rapid rise of the new cases.
Dr Dakulala has appealed to health workers and every Papua New Guinean to remain calm.
Meanwhile, the National Control Centre has advised of possible control measures to be implemented this week in Port Moresby.
Controller Manning said domestic travel will be reduced to essential business from Tuesday 28 July.
A curfew will also be imposed in the NCD from 10pm to 5am.
Other measures on public transport and schools may be announced later in the week.
“The measures are necessary to contain the spread of the virus in the nation's capital as we see daily increases,” said Manning.
SOURCE: NBC NEWS PNG/PACNEWS
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