NATIONAL Pandemic Response Controller David Manning has urged people to come forward to get the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine.
Manning warned people not to be complacent against the Covid-19 despite no new Covid-19 cases being recorded on Saturday.
He said so far, the virus had affected 17,774 people and claimed the lives of 192 people in Papua New Guinea.
Manning said the vaccine would provide cover against the virus and, therefore, citizens needed to voluntarily submit for vaccination.
We continue to record the Covid-19 cases which shows that community transmission is still occurring which is a worrying trend,” he said.
“Given the rise in community transmissions, every citizen has the responsibility to save lives through vaccination.
“I call on everyone to get vaccinated to save their loved ones and fellow Papua New Guineans.”
Manning said although no new cases were recorded last Saturday, the danger was far from over.
He said there were several reasons why no new cases were reported on Saturday, among them would be the delay in the provinces sending the test results to the laboratories, under reporting of cases by health workers, low Covid-19 tests being conducted and limited contact tracing activities.
Manning called on health workers to ensure test results were sent to labs for further tests as this would determine the extent of the outbreak in the country.
To date, the country has recorded 17,774 Covid-19 cases and 192 known deaths. All 22 provinces, including the Autonomous Region of Bougainville have reported cases.
Globally, the total confirmed cases of the Covid-19 has reached 197,964,506, including 640,192 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 4,223,389, including 9,251 deaths.
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