The Rita Flynn Isolation Centre has reached its maximum capacity of 70, with the total confirmed COVID-19 cases now at 91.
Controller David Manning had earlier described the spike as 'truly alarming' with predictions that by the end of the month, with the rate of infections currently seen that the centre would be filled.
National Control Centre Incident Manager Dr. Daoni Esorom said they are now looking at setting up the Taurama Aquatic Centre in Port Moresby, to cater for a 300 bed facility.
“We are setting up the Taurama Aquatic centre for a 300- bed facility. The Prime Minister has told us that we will convert that into a field hospital with almost, we are looking at 800 beds,” Dr. Esorom said.
Meantime, residents in the three electorates of the nation's capital have been urged to go to their nearest clinics for COVID-19 testing.
Dr. Esorom said they are taking this approach to determine the extent of infection in NCD.
He’s encouraged residents to come forward for testing, saying it is now not only reserved for just those displaying symptoms but for everyone.
Dr. Esorom said clinics across Morata, Nine mile all the way to Koki will be carrying out this sampling and testing assisted by 25 health professionals from the PNG Defence Force.
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