Concerns grow over Papua New Guinea’s worsening Covid-19 outbreak

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Image credit: Australian Doctors International. Lemuel Wimban, Health Extension Officer (pictured), West New Britain Provincial Health Authority PNG.

The numbers of COVID-19 cases detected in PNG have surged sparking fears the country’s fragile hospitals and health clinics could soon be overstretched. The number of infections has more than doubled in the past month bringing the total number of cases to 2,269. Testing is very limited across the country and outside of the capital Port Moresby, it is almost most nonexistent. Government sources warn the case rate could be ten times higher than the figure recorded.

Australia has announced it will send eight thousand doses of its domestic supplies of AstraZeneca vaccine for health workers working on the frontline.

 

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