‘PNG Must Learn To Live With Covid-19’
Prime Minister James Marape says that the country must adjust to living with Covid-19 going into the future as the National Capital District comes out of the 14-day lockdown.
“The Controller called for a 14-day lockdown in NCD based on evidence that the city was facing community transmission and to ensure our city is awakened to this reality and for residents of the city to adjust their lifestyles to living with Covid-19.
“Despite our best attempts to stop Covid-19 from coming into our country, since January this year when we stopped travellers from returning from China, we knew that our borders are weakly defended because of traditional and trading travellers, ships and boat travelling was still taking place and airline travellers were still arriving.
As evident in our country’s first and second cases where they were not epidemiologically linked, Covid-19 was bound to explode and despite our best effort, it has exploded in July hence the need for Government to awaken our country to the need to adjust and to live with it,” Prime Minister Marape said.
“Today as we go to press, the world has 20,500,543 proven cases with 737,863 deaths in 213 countries.
“Indonesia has 128,776 cases with 5765 deaths within which the West Papuan Province has 3837 cases with 41 deaths from Covid-19.
Papua New Guinea has now 232 positive cases, with 157 active and 85 being discharged from Rita Flynn facility.
Mr Marape in addressing the media earlier this week said that Covid-19 would be here for some time and the country must adjust to live with the virus.
“PNG’s medical and scientific advisory council (MESAC) to the National Control Centre had resolved and advised Government to uplift lockdown and inform people on the new normal lifestyle so we live, work and socialise within those prescribed new normal.
“That’s what we’re doing now.
“I appeal to our people that Police, Defence, public servants, churches and volunteers would be on ground in the city to start conducting awareness; ensure adherence to the new normal or “Niupela Pasin” lifestyle and assist linking Covid-19 cases to medical help.
“This is a medical war we’re in and it’s no ordinary time for politics and fun. I appeal to all informed Papua New Guineans to spread the message on prevention and let’s join hands in stopping the spread of Covid-19,” the Prime Minister said.