VACCINATED people are at a lower risk of developing severe Coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, hospitalisation and deaths, the PNG National Control Centre says.
In its Covid-19 health situation report based on data and considering a context of delayed and under reporting, overall low testing and limited contact tracing activities, it appeared that community transmission was occurring in much of PNG, it said.
The following provinces are considered to be in stage three (widespread community transmission): all four Mamose provinces, five of seven Highlands provinces (Enga, Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Hela and Southern Highlands), NCD, Central and Western. In stage two (localised community transmission) are East New Britain, Jiwaka, Chimbu and Manus while the remaining provinces are rated stage one (sporadic cases).
As of Sept 26, more than 130,262 people had been vaccinated with at least one dose.
This includes 10,486 health workers, 41,422 people over the age of 45, including 3,060 persons with comorbidities.
As a result, Controller of the National Pandemic Response David Manning issued 11 new measures to mitigate new the Delta variant, and two directives to manage high-risk domestically and high-risk internationally on Sept 24.
The National / PNG Health News
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