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Defence can confirm that an ADF member who is posted to Papua New Guinea as part of our Defence Cooperation Program has tested positive to COVID-19 on June 18.
The member has been in Papua New Guinea since January 2020.
The member self-isolated on June 5 after reporting cold and flu-like symptoms and has been following medical directions since that time.
The member will stay in isolation until released by medical authorities.
The High Commission has conducted contact tracing and provided this information to the PNG Government. The member is following the guidance of PNG authorities.
Australia has been working in partnership with PNG to prepare and respond to COVID-19.
Our Defence Cooperation Program has made a significant contribution to the COVID-19 effort in PNG including across infrastructure, operations and equipment.
Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946