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UPNG ON LOCKDOWN IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 POSITIVE CASE ON CAMPUS

The University of Papua New Guinea is currently on lockdown following the announcement of a UPNG female student contracting COVID-19 this week. UPNG Director for Public Relations Jim Robins said the University is in an emergency situation where only the essential staff of the University will be allowed to access the campus at this time.

The University of Papua New Guinea is currently on lockdown following the announcement of a UPNG female student contracting COVID-19 this week.

 

UPNG Director for Public Relations Jim Robins said the University is in an emergency situation where only the essential staff of the University will be allowed to access the campus at this time.

 

“Access to the University is now completely shut down.”

 

“Only the essential officers who are needed to maintain the university’s core operations will be allowed into the university” Mr Robin said.

 

He added that no vehicles will be allowed to enter the University except for the ones that bring essential supplies.

 

“Only the essential supply vehicles, particularly thecatering vehicles that are bringing in food for the residential students will be allowed into the campus.”

 

Mr Robins also said, passes will be issued to those essential staff and a check point has already been set up at the entrance of the University where temperature readings will be taken.

 

He said temperature checks will be done at the main entrance of the University and security will check to make sure that every essential staff has an access pass before entering the university.  

 

“Essential officers to maintain the university’s core operations will be carrying special passes and anyone who has not got one of those passes will not be allowed in.”  

 

He further stated that student movement in and out ofcampus will also be restricted and monitored.

 

“The movement of students will also be severely restricted to some level.”

 

“So there is no possibility of students going out and maybe picking up the disease from people outside the public area.”  

 

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 Emergency Management Committee of UPNG is treating the situation as Level 3 with contact tracing already happening.  

 

“We are doing contact tracing with many people especially lecturers and other students that may have come in contact with her.”

 

Mr Robins confirmed that the female student did not get the virus from the University but from her father who had tested positive last week for COVID-19.

 

It is understood that classes are expected to continue via zoom and other social media platforms and students are strongly urged to wear a mask, carry a hand sanitizer and maintain social distancing at all times.  

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Christine KILDI
July 23, 2020