Controller cautions public against fake news and misinformation

Tuesday 7 July 2020

The Controller of the National Pandemic Response and Police Commissioner David Manning has informed the public that the rumour circulating in the social media about new cases of COVID-19 in Port Moresby is false.

Controller and Police Commissioner, David Manning

He also cautioned the public from spreading misinformation and fake news which is detrimental to public safety and is also a criminal offence under the country’s cyber crime laws.

To date Papua New Guinea has 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the last case confirmed on 25 June. The 9th case has been repatriated to his home country, while the other two last cases which are still active are being monitored.

The rapid response team of the National Capital District (NCD) continues to conduct case investigation and contact tracing, in collaboration with the teams from the NDOH, the PNG Defence Force, the Australian Defence Force, St John Ambulance and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mr Manning said that any new cases will be confirmed and announced to the public through the National Control Centre.

Mr Manning said, “I urge people to get your information from reliable sources and not share anything from unverified platforms. As we continue to be vigilant against COVID-19, I urge you to also be mindful of the information you share.”

  • Mr Manning said the threat of COVID-19 remains and urged everyone to continue “niupela pasin” public health measures:
  • Anyone who is sick must stay at home and must stay away from others. Limit social gatherings and time spent in crowded places;
  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5 meters must be adhered to in all public places. If physical distancing is not possible, wear a mask;
  • Wash your hands often. All business establishments and offices must have hand washing facilities and make available hand sanitizers for visitors;
  • Temperature checks must be consistently imposed and deny entry to those with symptoms; and
  • Practice respiratory etiquette – cover your coughs and sneezes with flexed elbow or tissue.

“I emphasize once again, anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, fevers, coughs, sore throats, body aches or difficulty breathing must stay at home and immediately call our toll free line 1800 200,” Mr Manning said.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
Team Leader – COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
Mobile: 75430557: Email:

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