Tuesday 28 July 2020
Papua New Guineans and especially residents of the National Capital District have been called on to practice self defence in the midst of increases in the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Controller of the National Pandemic Response, David Manning, made these remarks during a press briefing at Morauta Haus this afternoon, adding, “we are doing everything possible to keep our people safe, especially those in the nation’s capital.
“The key to all of this is our defence – and the best defence is our self-defence.”
“The government can only do so much, the bureaucracy can only do so much , our good doctors, nurses, our health workers, our front-liners can only do so much, but at the end of the day, it is up to us individuals , communities , to realise that our best defense is self-defence,” Controller Manning said.
He is appealing to every citizen to urgently practice the health measures of wearing masks, washing hands regularly, social distancing and avoid gathering, and most of all, not to be complacent.
Most of those health measures and protocols have repeatedly been announced by Prime Minister, Controller and the Deputy Controller since the beginning of the State of Emergency in March 2020 up until now.
He however added that the best defence or ways of protecting oneself from COVID-19 is to continuously practice those health protocols.
“At the end of the day you decide what is best for you. What we can only do here is provide a responsible response to this COVID-19.”
Mr Manning also expressed his condolences to the families of the two people who have since passed on.
However, in light of the increasing cases in Port Moresby, Mr Manning also announced the 11 new measures which came into effect on Wednesday 29 July.
They include-: Revocation of the previous Measures; International Travels; Domestic Travels ; Provincial Coordination, Burial of Deceased persons; Customs Duties; COVID-19 Testing; COVID-19 Surveillance & Testing; Business and Social Measures; Mandatory Wearing of Masks; and Public Transport.
These measures can be viewed in details on the Official Covid-19 website: covid19.info.gov.pg
Meanwhile, the only essential businesses, such as media houses, post offices, banks, shops and markets, with essential services such as water, and electricity are to be opened during the 14-day shut-down.