Officials in Papua New Guinea are urging the public to take health measures more seriously as the country’s Covid-19 cases hit 62.

The Covid-19 Response Deputy Controller Paison Dakulala, who is also acting Health Secretary, expressed such urgency while announcing 23 new cases of the coronavirus in the National Capital District this weekend.

“We cannot afford to play around. The cases are being reported every day now, said Dr Dakulala.

All are Papua New Guineans with the exception of an expatriate public servant.

Dr Dakulala said one of the cases is a staff member at the National Department of Health so the headquarters at the Aopi Building was going through a decontamination process and the building will remain closed until Wednesday.

The Deputy Controller also warned authorities were preparing for Port Moresby’s isolation facility to reach capacity.

“Rita Flynn has a 72-bed capacity. When we reach the capacity, we may have to consider other possibilities, including home quarantine,” said Dr Dakulala.

However he said the majority of the 24 cases currently at Rita Flynn were mild cases.

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