By REBECCA KUKU
THE 14-day restrictions end tomorrow with schools in Port Moresby to resume classes on Monday, with people reminded to continue to adjust to the new normal.
Prime Minister James Marape yesterday again urged citizens to adjust to living with the coronavirus as the national total of Covid-19 cases passed the 200-mark on Sunday, from just 15 about four weeks ago.
“All schools from primary to tertiary will resume classes next Monday, in strict compliance with the new normal,” he said.
“(The) mandatory wearing of masks for students and teachers (will continue). School administrations are to enforce the new normal in their schools, colleges and universities.
“A lot of classes have been missed, so the school calendars will (have to) be re-adjusted.”
The 14-day restrictions were imposed on July 29 after a spike in cases in Port Moresby, forcing the closure of schools and the banning of public transport except taxis.
Marape said classes could be broken up, with schools encouraged to start ICT-based programmes, broadcasting via television and radio as home-based learning.
“We are working on other measures to ensure our children are educated and also be safe at the same time,” he said,
Marape said the Health Department and Education Department would supply masks to students until August 28.
“After that parents will be responsible to provide masks for their children,” he said.
Meanwhile, Professor Sir Isi Kevau said it was everyone’s responsibility to stop the Covid-19 from spreading.
Sir Isi, a cardiologist at the Port Moresby General Hospital and a director of the PNG Heart Foundation, said the number of confirmed cases would continue to increase.
“I must thank the Government for what they are doing to help curb it but I call on all Papua New Guineans that we have a responsibility to help contain the virus and limit its spread,” he said.
“Public health measures are being put in place to always wear a mask and wash our hands as the Covid-19 spreads through the saliva and contact.
“(It) can float in the air and stay on surfaces.
“And practise social distancing at all times.”
By REBECCA KUKU