Residents have been advised to adopt a clean lifestyle, follow the health protocol, and remain calm as the COVID-19 outbreak rages globally, Anton Warkawani, the municipality secretary, told ANTARA on Tuesday.
"We are asking people to refrain from holding hands since they would have no way of knowing who is already a virus carrier," Warkawani noted, adding that the custom of holding hands is centuries-old among the people of Papua's central mountains.
"We have also just disseminated information related to the coronavirus, and debunked rumors, among residents in Wenam district," he said.
This area of Tolikara has not reported any confirmed cases of coronavirus, but remains prepared for the worst with the government discussing precautionary measures in anticipation of possible transmission through the land as well as air routes.
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