THERE is a low rate of community transmission of respiratory illnesses including the Covid-19 in PNG, says Health and HIV-AIDs Minister Sir Puka Temu.
He told Parliament yesterday that there could be something contributing to the low rate of community transmission.
The World Health Organisation registry lists PNG as experiencing community transmission.
Sir Puka said the Covid-19 was a new pandemic which no one knew anything about.
“We still have seven deaths related to the Covid-19 and that number has been with us for the last three months,” he said.
“On an average, we are now registering positive cases at the rate of zero and one which is quite low.”
Sir Puka said PNG did not have a high rate of hospital deaths related to the Covid-19.
“Why the rate is very low in the country is subject to research that we have to undertake. And that research has to be medium to long term,” he said. Sir Puka said the good news globally was that the third phase of vaccine trials was yielding good results.
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