COVID-19

Fiji clears last COVID-19 patient

Bainimarama shared on his official twitter account that although Fiji’s testing numbers are climbing by the day, it’s now been 45 days since the country recorded its last case of coronavirus.

He adds that there have been no COVID-19 deaths and Fiji has recorded a 100% recovery rate through answered prayers, hard work, and affirmation of science.

FBC reports the Prime Minister is expected to make an official announcement later today.

     

Three Windies players opt out of England tour over Covid fears

Cricket West Indies said batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Keemo Paul declined to travel to England for the tour that is scheduled to start on July 8 behind closed doors, subject to government approval.

CWI also named 11 reserve players who will travel and quarantine with the squad to ensure replacements are readily available in case of injuries.

"The touring party, who will all be tested for COVID-19 this week, are scheduled to fly to England on private charters on June 8," CWI said in a statement.

Mt Hagen hospital equipped for COVID-19

They aim to achieve this by setting up a dedicated isolation unit.

The unit, which includes a delivery room, can cater for twelve COVD-19 patients. In addition, the isolation unit has dedicated facilities for staff working to provide care to COVID-19 patients, including PPE donning and doffing stations, and an area for disinfection and waste management.

The ICRC also assisted the hospital by establishing two pre-triage tents for the screening of outpatients, the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff, and materials for infection prevention and control.

Brazil now fourth-highest nation in Covid-19 deaths

Its figure of 28,834 has now surpassed France, and only the US, the UK and Italy have recorded more deaths.

President Jair Bolsonaro has consistently played down the outbreak, although the country has the world's second-highest number of cases.

He has criticised state lockdowns for harming Brazil's economy and jobs.

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Brazil's health ministry said the past 24 hours had seen 956 new deaths.

EMPNG supports COVID-19 response

Acting Health Secretary and Deputy State of Emergency Controller, Dr Paison Dakulala, received the items and thanked ExxonMobil for the support.

Dr Dakulala said this will go a long way in helping his team do the job that is required in the National Operation Centre and later on as well.

“The partnership you give is very special and we want to acknowledge that partnership. It is very important in the time of the COVID-19 challenge that we are facing. As we scale up we appreciate all the support and help that every donor or every agency is giving.

New business snapshot to provide insights

The reports will support individual, business and government decision-making as the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to create economic challenges.

The BCPNG Market Conditions Report is a regular series of reports that provides public information on changes in business performance in 2020 in beyond.

Douveri Henao, BCPNG Executive Director, said the reports will be vital in shaping responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

Super not a substitute for Social Security

“Superannuation is only for retirement or when you are no longer working – as specified in the Superannuation Laws,” Mr Sayer said.

“In PNG, where there is no pension or welfare, it is really important bread-winners who have supported their families for decades, have reasonable retirement savings to support them when their fortnightly income stops.”

LATAM becomes largest airline so far to be pushed to bankruptcy by COVID-19

The filing highlights the financial weakness of South America's carriers, following a similar bankruptcy earlier this month by the region's second largest airline, Avianca.

But unlike Avianca, which experienced management turmoil and losses, Chile's LATAM posted profits for the last four consecutive years totaling more than US$700 million. LATAM had also approved a dividend payment this year, in contrast to other carriers that have halted payouts.

ICCC fines shops in New Ireland for price increases

Red Star Investments in Kavieng was issued two infringement notices while Island Store, Arrow Trading 1 and Arrowing Trading 2 were issued the other four infringement notices.

Each infringement notice carries a spot fine of K5,000.

ICCC Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Ain, said if shops need to increase the price of goods during the State of Emergency period above five percent then they need to seek the approval of the ICCC first.

Ok Tedi Declares K754m profit

Sir Moi noted: “The Company distributed PGK 400 million in dividends during 2019 while investing a further PGK 408 million in the strategically important Crusher Replacement Project. This project will be completed later this year enabling access to higher grade ore and delivering an increase in production and cash generation in 2022 and beyond.”

“The results reflect the benefit of improved production and continued cost discipline and were particularly pleasing given that dry weather had prevented shipping on the Fly River for more than 50 days at the end of 2019” said Sir Moi.