Wednesday 2 September 2020
COVID-19 National Control Centre Incident manager, Dr Esorom Daoni has apologized for naming Port Moresby Grammar School as having one of its students testing positive for CORONAVIRUS.
Dr Daoni said yesterday the student was in isolation at the Rita Flynn Isolation Centre however has retracted that statement.
He confirmed the student is from Port Moresby International School while the teacher is from the St Josephs International Catholic College.
“I sincerely apologize for the wrong information naming Port Moresby Grammar school as having a student testing positive.
“I apologize also for causing stress and anxiety amongst students, teachers and parents caused by my remarks.
“ I am aware Port Moresby Grammar has given notice to parents that the school has no COVID-19 case and all was normal at the school and I thank them for that and urge students there to focus on their studies,” Dr Daoni said.
He explained also that any decision to close schools or establishments that have persons testing positive to COVID-19 is the prerogative of respective schools and establishments and the NCC only advises on the COVID-19 protocols where there is a confirmed case.
Dr Esorom said while he has apologized, he again emphasized that COVID-19 was real and urge students, teachers and parents to remain vigilant and observe the health and medical protocols especially to students who tend to move around in groups.
He said the message is to all citizens and non-citizens alike in the country and especially in Port Moresby where positive COVID1-9 numbers are increasing and there is community transmission.