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4.32am GMT

Papua New Guinea has made facemasks compulsory as the country wrestles with an uncontrolled outbreak of community transmission of Covid-19.

The country’s police commissioner, and national pandemic response controller, David Manning, said masks would be compulsory on public transport and in any enclosed public space. Businesses and government must provide masks for workers.

At PMGH the Covid ward is full. Patients are dying of Covid every day now.

We are trying to look after Covid patients in other wards because there is no space in the Covid ward.

4.20am GMT

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,356 to 2,532,947 data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday.

The reported death toll rose by 321 to 72,810, the tally showed.

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