Govt to decide whether classes will resume in Port Moresby
SCHOOLs in Port Moresby will know by Wednesday whether they should resume classes because of the increase in coronavirus cases over the last two weeks, an official says
Education secretary Dr Uke Kombra said they had forwarded a recommendation to the National Executive Council, highlighting the implications on education of the closure of schools.
Two weeks ago, Education Minister Joseph Yopyyopy directed that all schools in Port Moresby be closed from July 29 to Aug 12.
“We have submitted a proposal to the Government and we are waiting (for a response),” Kombra said.
“By Tuesday or Wednesday (this week), we should get a response on whether or not schools will resume.”
Since last Friday, there were 48 more cases reported in the capital city. The others were in Lae, Lihir and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville with one each. The national total as of yesterday is 214.
Kombra said discussions would be held on the impact of the Covid-19 and the suspension of schools, especially with national examinations coming up.
But the Grade 12 written expression examination would go ahead as planned.
“We have advised students to pick their examination booklets on Monday (today) and prepare for the exam on Aug 17,” he said.
Meanwhile, Newcrest Mining Limited confirmed that a 30-year-old employee who had flown in from Port Moresby on July 30 was tested positive.
He was one of the 26 confirmed cases reported yesterday by the National Pandemic Control Centre in Port Moresby. There was one in Lae.
Of the 24 cases in Port Moresby, 11 were identified through testing in the Wanigela settlement in Koki.
Acting Health Secretary Dr Paison Dakulala urged residents in other suburbs of Port Moresby to report to the nearest clinic if they have a cough, sore throat or flu-like illness.
Of the 214 confirmed cases, there are 140 active cases, 71 have been discharged, three died.
“As PNG hits the 200 mark today, it is a critical time for all of us to fight this virus,” Dakulala said.
Meanwhile, patients in Morobe, West Sepik, Southern Highlands, Western and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville are continuing contact tracing for the confirmed cases.
All cases are monitored by their provincial health authorities.