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PNG COVID-19 Numbers Increase to 114

Three persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest GeneXpert testing in the country.
Out of the three newly confirmed cases, one tested positive in Kiunga and two tested positive in NCD.
Controller David Manning just released a statement with the new figures in it and said the Kiunga case is the fourth from the Western Province that have tested positive, three other cases were announced earlier on 16 April.
Contact tracing for the Kiunga patient is continuing.The individual has been moved to the designated isolation area for close monitoring while contact tracing and screening of his immediate family and other close contacts is being carried out.
Manning stated that the NCD Surveillance Team are in contact with the three cases in Port Moresby as of tonight and will be isolating and conducting contact tracing of their contacts.

 “There is community transmission in the NCD and we all have to support the Government’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the city.
“We have seen very close friends and contacts tested positive for the virus. This indicates that community engagement and education is critical and is being scaled up to educate the communities.
“We have also detected clusters within the Port Moresby General Hospital and the Central Public Health Laboratory as a result of our advocates not adhering to the standard infection control practices and not wearing the correct personal protective equipment for the right type of job in these health facilities.”
There are 114 confirmed cases including the 3 new ones with 2 deaths, 40 released from isolation, and 62 active cases.
Of those cases, 16 are health workers including laboratory scientists, medical doctors, ward clerks, nurses and medical students. The rest include government workers, students and inpatients of the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Manning further stated that the National Capital District has increased testing sites for the city residents at the urban clinics and in communities throughout the city gi em the high number of positive cases in the city.
“This is just one of the many strategies taken by the government in consultation with the health department, development partners and the NCD Provincial Authority to identify, isolate and control the spread of the virus in the city.
“Other strategies proposed by the COVID-19 Health Advisory Committee and agreed by stakeholders will further strengthen the government’s effort to mitigate the risks of infection and transmission in NCD.
“These include the control of international and domestic travel, provincial coordination measures, burial of deceased persons, customs duties, surveillance, testing, business social measures, mandatory mask wearing and public transport in Port Moresby,” said Controller Manning, adding that he has also released 11 new control measures as of today, 4th of August 2020.

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