Speaker Job Pomat at present advised MPs in the home he had obtained a letter from PNG’s Pandemic Response Controller “questioning the intense state of the Covid-19 infections” at parliament.
Controller David Manning suggested obligatory testing for everybody working at parliament.
Pomat stated that previous to the letter he had already issued an identical directive.
“I’ve now issued additional directives for obligatory testing to be performed to each members of employees of parliament and political employees,” Pomat defined.
“Whereas testing continues to be happening to cowl the remainder of the employees, I’ve obtained preliminary outcomes from the 167 instances examined, and inform this honourable home that an alarming 42 instances have turned out constructive.”
It’s understood the checks had been carried out previously week, and that the overwhelming majority of those that examined constructive had been employees quite than MPs.
Nonetheless, as many as seven MPs examined constructive to the virus earlier this yr.
“Our very critical concern is that almost all of these 42 instances are straight employed with the chamber providers who’re in direct contact with the entire host of us nationwide leaders, all members,” Pomat defined.
“That in itself is a really critical menace, not solely to us as leaders but in addition to employees of the nationwide parliament.”
In the meantime, the controller’s newest replace this afternoon put the variety of confirmed Covid-19 instances in PNG previous 10,000, with 91 deaths.
Over 4,000 instances are within the Nationwide Capital District, the place the primary hospital, Port Moresby Basic, is below extreme pressure, significantly with many well being employees having examined constructive to the virus
Hospitals in outer provinces are below related pressure, amid warnings from the World Well being Organisation final week of the potential for PNG’s epidemic to worsen.