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Mobile Phone SIM card registration in PNG deadline extended, says Manning

The Papua New Guinea National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning says the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) has extended the deadline for all SIM card for another month to allow communication access due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

He said Information and Communication Minister Timothy Masiu has approved the extension from the end of July to Friday, the 31st of August 2020 for provincial urban centres and Wednesday 30th September 2020 for the rest of the country.

The extension was granted after requests from the Department of Health in view of the COVID-19 positive cases increase in the National Capital District.

Mr Manning thanked Minister Masiu and his department and NICTA for the extension as the alarming rate of the increase has caused great concern and anxiety amongst the general population and it was important people continue to have access to communication such as mobile phones.

Under the extension, Mr Masiu says the use of ICT services is critical for the health and safety, progress and prosperity of Papua New Guinea therefore during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the government has agreed to allow for the extension of the deactivation deadline.

Mr Masiu further stated it is the responsibility to ensure SIM Card registration is done well before the deadline.

Mr Manning urged citizens to call the toll free number 1800200 from 9am tomorrow (Thursday 29 July) for COVID-19 assistance and observe the health protocols as COVID-19 is real and is not a myth or a conspiracy theory.

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