Papua New Guinea Government has announced new public health measures to contain the Coronavirus (Covid-19) that focus mostly on Western, West Sepik and Easter Highlands, says PNG acting Prime Minister Soroi Eoe.
He clarified that there would not be any national lockdown.
The new measures would be implemented in the three provinces only because of the rise in Covid-19 cases there.
“The measures will be for Western, West Sepik and Eastern Highlands, measures that allow the local economy to grow and provide an avenue for local businesses to continue to work, schools to remain open, markets to prosper and people to move around but to be Covid-19-conscious,” he said.
“This means for Eastern Highlands, we want to see the roads opened but under strict conditions to allow highway trucks to pass through from other provinces to Morobe, schools to remain open but observe the Covid-19 protocols, markets to be opened but (people) to be a meter apart from each other. It’s about protecting us and everyone around us.”
He said the objective was to address the increase in cases without having to restrict people’s rights.
“Contrary to views (of some people), we are not shutting down the country, but only the three provinces,” he said.
He said the concern was that the Delta variant was “contagious and serious and now in Papua New Guinea”. “The issue is that the Covid-19 is here as well as its variants, in particularly the Delta variant.”
The National / PNG Health Watch
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