The National Capital District has four new positive cases of COVID-19.
Deputy State of Emergency Controller and acting health secretary, Dr Paison Dakulala, when making this announcement, said he felt saddened, since all four positive cases are members of the Central Public Health Laboratory.
Earlier this year, Dakulala stating that there had been expectation for a rise in cases by July August.
The Central Public Health Laboratory has been continuously working on identifying and testing, its staff handing multiple samples taken.
And despite their many protection mechanisms in place, the infection of the four workers, has Dakulala concerned.
“It saddens me to declare that all four new cases are staff of Central Province Health Laboratory in POM.”
Dakulala also making reference to the rising and alarming statistics from closest neighbour, Indonesia, who have at present, over 80 thousand confirmed cases.
Dakulala, is urging Papua New Guineans to be more vigilant in their hygiene and health practices after a surge in COVID19 cases across the border in Indonesia.
Our closest neighbour has recorded a staggering 80 094 cases, with 2718 cases in the Papua Province alone. 60 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours there.
“We have a raging pandemic that’s continuing around the globe and it is important that we take note of that in the country.”
“CPHL will undergo a thorough cleansing and disinfection in the coming days to ensure we follow all the infection, prevention and control measures.”
Weather conditions across the southern hemisphere have changed, with Papua New Guinea in general experiencing cooler temperatures and more wet weather is anticipated in the coming weeks changing the conditions.
The four new cases announced yesterday, brings the total number of positive cases recorded in Papua New Guinea, to 15.
By Jeremy Mogi – EMTV News – Port Moresby