By REBECCA KUKU
BUS service in Port Moresby resumes tomorrow but fares will be increased to K1.50 because operators have to strictly comply with social distancing for passengers, says Prime Minister James Marape.
Marape said with the number of Covid-19 cases increasing, the people must adjust to living with the Covid-19 by using the new normal. “Wearing of masks is still mandatory,” he said. “Buses must implement the new normal.
“Operators and passengers must all wear masks, have sanitisers and implement a 1.5m social distancing.
“Bus fares will be increased to K1.50 to make up for losses and to help operators provide hand sanitisers for passengers.”
He said police officers and soldiers would be stationed at bus stops to ensure that safety measures were followed.
Marape said public markets should also implement the new normal.
“Vendors and customers must maintain physical distancing and wear face masks with no loitering allowed,” he said.
On the isolation centres in Port Moresby, Marape told The National that the Rita Flynn center was coping, with the number of patients admitted and discharged being “manageable at this time”.
“As of today (yesterday), we have discharged 73 patients,” he said.
“These are patients who have been isolated since July 17 when we started seeing the surge in numbers.
“We currently have 40 patients.
Two are moderate and 38 are mild cases.”
He said the Taurama Aquatic Centre could also be used as an isolation centre if needed.
“We have seen clusters of infections at the Health Department, National Control Centre, Morata, Port Moresby General Hospital, Ensisi, Gerehu, Hohola, Two- Mile, Three-Mile, East Boroko, Tokarara and Wanigela-Koki,” he said.
“But, this does not mean the other suburbs are coronavirus-free. It simply means there needs to be more testing done to identify cases in the communities.”
By REBECCA KUKU