Papua New Guinea has recorded eleven new Covid-19 deaths, increasing the country’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 51.

The new deaths come as PNG’s total number of infections increases to 5205.

Meanwhile the rollout of the Astrazeneca vaccine is beginning this week, according to health authorities, with frontline health staff to be prioritised for the jab.

Australia is providing an initial 8000 doses to PNG to help the country deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.

Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses are expected to arrive in coming months, although there is significant hesitance over vaccination among PNG’s public, even including health workers.

With the vaccination rollout commencing, the Health Department is pleading with the public to adhere to safety protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

A nationwide isolation strategy which began this month introduced restrictions on public movement, as well as mandatory mask use.

But adherence to the measures has been slack, and the Health Secretary, Osborne Liko, said people should be aware that almost 50 percent of PNG’s 5,184 cases were confirmed in the past week.


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