PNG bans al­co­hol sales due to vi­o­lence dur­ing lock­down


Port Moresby: Pa­pua New Guinea (PNG) has banned the sale of al­co­hol on week­ends be­cause of an in­crease in vi­o­lence since lock­down mea­sures were eased.

The coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) emer­gency con­troller, po­lice com­mis­sioner David Man­ning, said since sev­eral re­stric­tions were eased, there’s been an in­crease in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, drunken fights and as­saults. Mr Man­ning said these were the re­sult of binge drink­ing, and he’s or­dered ma­jor su­per­mar­kets and whole­salers to re­strict the sale of al­co­hol on Fri­days, Satur­days and Sun­days.

The coro­n­avirus has killed nearly 1,000 peo­ple in In­done­sia, with a sign­f­i­cant out­break in Jaya­pura, which is close to the PNG border.

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