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Saturday 18 July 2020 | Written by RNZ | Published in Small World


Papua New Guinea confirms its 16th case of Covid-19
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape updates media on the countries covid-19 response. 8 April, 2020. Photo: PNG PM Media

Papua New Guinea has confirmed its 16th case of Covid-19 amid concerns of an outbreak at the country's main laboratory.

Prime Minister James Marape said the latest case is a man who works at the Central Public Health Laboratory in Port Moresby.

This follows the four staff at the laboratory who tested positive for the virus last week.

Marape also confirmed the cluster outbreak at the lab had impacted the area.

He said the lab is situated near the general hospital and he's ordered an investigation into how staff have contracted the virus.

He warned it's clear Covid-19 is prevalent in Port Moresby, the capital and directed the health ministry to step up testing in Port Moresby.