By STAFF REPORTERS
FLOUTING of public health measures and hygiene safety rules intended to prevent the community transmission of the Covid-19 continued in Port Moresby yesterday, as 55 more cases were reported.
It was the highest in a single day for PNG, with 37 recorded in Western and 18 in Port Moresby. The national total stands at 287.
The 37 in Western were the results of samples sent to Brisbane by the OK Tedi Mine recently.
The breakdown of the 287 cases is: Port Moresby 224, Western 47, Central 5, Morobe 4, ENB 2, and one each in West Sepik, New Ireland, Southern Highlands, Eastern Highlands and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
In Port Moresby yesterday, on the first day after the lifting of 14-day restrictions:
- many residents still refused to wear masks in public or practise social distancing in public areas;
- buses continued to carry more than 15 passengers;
- buses were carrying passengers not wearing masks;
- no hand sanitisers were provided for bus passengers.
A survey by The National around Port Moresby found a lack of enforcement in parts of the city.
Police Commander for the National Capital District and Central, Assistant Police Commissioner Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said police would start enforcing the measures from Monday next week.
“Non-compliance of the new normal measures by public transport owners will see their buses impounded,” he said. “Police will be implementing the new measures (to) start on Monday next week.
“This week, we eased into the operation sternly warning those not complying with the new measures, telling them what must be done to ensure those on board are safe and their (public transport vehicles) will continue to operate,” Wagambie said.
“The (public transport) operators are duty bound to adhere to the measures.
“We are embarking on a friendlier way of enforcement. We are giving today and tomorrow for the operators to get used to it and comply.”
He said the same would be enforced in Central by police and transport authorities.
Road Transport Authority chief executive officer Nelson Terema told The National that enforcement officers stationed at the bus stops told him that bus operators had been complying with the orders.
However the survey by The National saw some bus drivers failing to comply with public health measures.
Buses operating in Gordon were clearly carrying more than 15 passengers, with many not wearing masks.