PNG confirms 4 COVID-19 cases involving virus testing lab staff

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SYDNEY, July 17 (Xinhua) — Papua New Guinea (PNG) has recorded four COVID-19 infections involving staff at a laboratory responsible for testing virus swabs, taking the number of cases in the country to 15, local media reported.

According to local media outlet the Post Courier, all four cases were staff members at the Central Public Health Laboratory at Port Moresby General Hospital.

National Health Secretary Paison Dakulala was quoted as saying that it was unclear whether the infections were due to a breach in laboratory protocol or the result of transmission within the community.

Rapid response teams were deployed to conduct contact tracing on anyone who had been in contact with the infected staff members, while the laboratory was disinfected.

All four patients were reported to be in a stable condition and have been moved to the Rita Flynn isolation and testing facility at Boroko. Enditem

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