The Covid-19 has claimed its first casualty in Parliament – Kerema MP Richard Mendani.
Mendani’s death was announced by National Pandemic Response Controller and Police Comm David Manning on Saturday.
Mendani passed away after a month-long admission at the Pacific International Hospital (PIH) in Port Moresby. He was admitted on Feb 24 after complaining of fever, cough and headache on Feb 19.
Comm Manning said Mendani was initially diagnosed with pneumonia by the Hope Clinic but his condition worsened. And on suspicion of the Covid-19, a PCR test was conducted at PIH and the result was positive. Comm Manning reiterated that the threat of death from the Covid-19 was real and it was an invisible killer spreading through the air we inhale and what we touch.
“We can all do our part to protect each other and our families by keeping them safe by adhering strictly to public health protocols in the New Normal,” he said.
“We are experiencing the second wave of the virus spike, and it is much worse than the first.
“We have 3,085 positive cases in PNG. That is triple the positive cases one month ago and we have to prepare for the positive cases to rise.
“Since the outbreak, a total of 55,411 people in PNG have been tested for the Covid-19, out of which 3,085 had tested positive. “Currently, pending at the laboratory for results are 2,379 samples.”
The death toll remains at 36.
“Let us all start wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing.
Manning has urged all positive cases, including the asymptomatic patients to ensure they isolated themselves for the number of days given even if they were told to do this in their homes.
BY: MIRIAM ZARRIGA