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Aussie aid arrives in PNG as nation struggles with new virus wave

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<p>Australia aid to support the COVID fight in Papua New Guinea, has begun arriving in the nation's capital of Port Moresby.</p>

Aid from Australia to support the fight against COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea has begun arriving in the nation's capital.

Tents to be used for triaging patients at the Port Moresby General Hospital and air conditioning units are among supplies being delivered under the government's plan to assist the struggling country.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced 8000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and one million surgical masks would also be provided to PNG.

The help comes amid growing concerns of a second virus wave in PNG which could reach Australia through international arrivals.

All flights from the country to Cairns have been suspended for a fortnight and anyone currently in PNG has been told to stay there.

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"We'll be suspending all outbound travel exemptions by Australians to Papua New Guinea, except for essential and critical workers, including humanitarian and medevac-related activity," Mr Morrison announced yesterday.

"If you're there, you stay. If you're here, you stay.

"We cannot risk people going into those areas and back to Australia."

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Between January 3 to March 16 the PNG have recorded 2351 cases of COVID-19, with 26 deaths reported to the World Health Organisation - but there are concerns low testing numbers could be concealing the full extent of the outbreak.

"They're our friends, they're our neighbours, they're our partners," Mr Morrison said.

"They have always stood with us and we will always stand with them."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-aid-arrives-papua-new-guinea-as-nation-struggles-with-new-virus-wave/7ae23bf8-8d53-47b0-8c03-f3437e59020c

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