Bougainvilleans are being urged to remain vigilant and to comply with the state-of-emergency orders in light of the growing concerns over the Covid19 pandemic which has hit Port Moresby. Former Bougainville president James Tanis urged Bougainvilleans within Bougainville and around the country to adhere to the SoE orders so as to mitigate the spread of the virus which is suspected to have already claimed one life in the nation’s capital. Mr Tanis, who is vying for the presidential seat in the 2020 Autonomous Bougainville Government general elections, made this statement while on his campaign trail. He has also encouraged other candidates in the election to lead by example and follow the SoE orders during the 2020 ABG elections, while also taking the time to educate the people on the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Tanis said most of the communities that the candidates are reaching out to are in the rural areas that have little to no access to proper information on the pandemic.
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville will tighten up its monitoring and surveillance at all entry points and borders, following an increase in locally transmitted cases of the Covid-19 in Port Moresby.
Bougainville state of emergency controller and chief of the Bougainville police service Francis Tokura said the Port Moresby cases were alarming and raised concerns for their general election this year.