Reduce risk of COVID-19 as you prepare for holidays: Manning reminds the public

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response, Mr David Manning, has called on  the public to make basic hygiene and safe distancing a part of the new culture as PNG goes into festive holidays.

With only two weeks before Christmas, Controller Manning is concerned that people may become complacent and lose their guard against the virus during the time of celebrations.

“We must continue to adopt measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. Spend time with your family safely,” Mr Manning said.

Some of the protective measures are as follows:

  • Clean your hands often. Wash with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer;
  • Keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters between yourself and others;
  • Wear a face mask or face covering in all public places to protect yourself and others;
  • Limit social gathering and time spent in crowded places;
  • Greet others with a smile, a nod or a simple hello: no handshakes, no fist bumps and no high fives;
  • Cough and sneeze in your bent elbow and not your hands;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Meanwhile, the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases is 684, including seven known  COVID-19 deaths.

There have been 601 people who have recovered from COVID-19 whilst there are 76 active  cases are in isolation.

There are 16 provinces, including AROB, that have reported cases. The distribution of

the cases is as follows:

Provinces Confirmed Cases
NCD 359
Western Province 204
West New Britain 68
Eastern Highlands 13
Central 9
Morobe 6
Western Highlands 5
East New Britain 5
East Sepik 3
Enga 3
Milne Bay 2
New Ireland 2
West Sepik 2
Southern Highlands 1
Hela Province 1

Globally, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 66,422,058, including 549,946  new cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The death toll is 1,532,418; of which 8,768 were reported in the last 24 hours.


Media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
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