Papua New Guinea records 16th Covid-19 case

Papua New Guinea’s border with Indonesia remains closed as it works to contain a sudden increase with Covid-19 cases.

Prime Minister James Marape after announcing a 16th case in Port Moresby on Friday said there would be discussions on restrictions to movement of people to and from Port Moresby.

The latest case is a male who also works at the Central Public Health Laboratory in Port Moresby.

The announcement confirms that a cluster outbreak at the CPHL, which is currently under disinfection protocols, has impacted the area.

The CPHL is located within the Port Moresby general hospital premises and Marape says an investigation will be launched to determine how the staff at the CPHL acquired the disease.

He has stressed his usual message not to be complacent as this is a clear indication that Covid-19 is prevalent in the country and Port Moresby.

Mr Marape also said he has directed Dr Paison Dakulala, deputy controller, to step up testing in the city.

The country has relaxed few restrictions moving to a new normal with shops, clubs, schools and transport among few opening but operating with observations to Covid-19 rules.

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It has however recorded an increase of 100 per cent in cases.

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