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Port Moresby City Authority consider Lock-Down

Governor of the National Capital District Powes Parkop said the city authority is considering a total lock down of the city if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported.

Mr Parkop announced this at a press conference in Port Moresby today in the presence of the Member for Moresby North East John Kaupa, members of the NCD Provincial Health Authority Board, Chairman of the Motu Koita Assembly, Dadi Toka Junior, St Johns Ambulance Commissioner Matt Cannon and PNG and Australian Federal Police personnel.

He said NCD is the gateway to the country and serious preventative measures must be put in place.

At this time, the country has no confirmed cases.

Mr Parkop said they will work with the Ministerial Taskforce Committee to prevent the Covid-19 from entering the city.

He’s asked for the public’s cooperation in stopping public gatherings and sporting activities.

He added that PNG is a small economy and closing down all ports will have a direct impact on peoples livelihoods as well as put the economy at stake.

Meanwhile Governor Parkop has called on people to remain calm and not to go panic-buying goods in stores.

Mr Parkop made the call following reports the public went into stores yesterday and did heavy shopping when the Health Minister issued a statement on a probable case of Covid-19 which he later announced was negative.

Mr Parkop said essential goods for consumption are not being affected and there is no need for panic–buying.

He said this is one of the areas where the national and provincial taskforce committees will look to regulate and control buying.

Governor Parkop said the country will not run out of essential food like rice, milk, sugar and meat because they are all also produced nationally.

He assured that they are ready to respond to the global pandemic.

FM100/PNG Today

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