Thursday 30 July 2020,
Prime Minister, James Marape has assured Papua New Guineans that his government would do its best to ensure their safety and protection, amidst the surge in the COVID-19 cases.
During his press briefing this afternoon, Mr Marape said , “the challenge is here, let me assure everyone, Government will not go to sleep.
“Amidst many challenges we have , COVID-19 is presently our number one challenge with effect on the economy, and we are on standby to do our best endeavours to ensure our citizens are not really pushed to the corner , push to the limit, but are attended to at the very earliest.”
In light of the surge that is happening now, Mr Marape has assured that the government would do its absolute best to ensure that testings are ramped up and increased, to stop the virus from spreading.
Mr Marape has also appealed to provincial governors to be sensitive and to know that the virus is not only Port Moresby-based but could have spread to other parts of the country .
“ The intention for us in the next 14 days , is really to take stock of what has happened or what is happening in Port Moresby in as far as covid-19 is concerned.
As soon as we have a grip of what is happening in Port Moresby, we will re-adjust in the midst of COVID-19.
“We’ll be adjusting , to living, working, and conducting business amidst COVID-19 sensitivity.
“ I appeal to our citizens nation wide, to bear with us. Your help and my help, our combined help is required in this time of crisis that is induced by a small virus.
“This small virus is not something that we manufactured : it is something that is now amidst us and everyone of us needs to wear gloves , everyone needs to keep space in between social settings, family settings , in between work places and everyone needs to practice hygiene and if you feel that you are sick,, no need to endanger your family ,your community, your neighbours ,your workplace but keep safe.”
Mr Marape said the threat of Coronavirus would be around for sometime and urged citizens to support government’s efforts for the safety of everyone
Mr Marape recently returned from Lae to launch the K600 million international airport construction .
He said the government has to allow development programs to operate to ensure the economy is maintained in the midst of COVID-19.