Papua New Guinea's Mt Hagen Hospital has denied rumours that another dead body from the fight between students from two secondary schools last Friday has been kept at the hospital morgue.
Western Highlands health authority chief executive officer Jane Holden said rumours were high but the hospital had not been asked to take in another body from that fight.
She said this after the rumours had it that another body was found and it was kept at the morgue, taking the number of deaths from the fight to five.
As already reported by the media, four people were killed last Friday during a school fight between the Hagen Park Day and Mt Hagen secondary school students.
Two students attending each of the schools were killed along with two other people.
The fight also created an opportunity for people to loot shops and destroy properties within the city.
Holden said the hospital had only two students who were still admitted in a ward and were receiving treatment.
“Rumours are rife but they are not true as the hospital did not receive any request to house another dead body.
“We only have two students who are receiving treatment,” Holden said.
Meanwhile, the situation in Mt Hagen was still tense with heavy police presence on the streets to maintain peace.
But business houses and schools had resumed operations with public movement also returning to normal.
Police commander Chief Supt Joseph Puri had also reaffirmed that the situation was still tense.
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