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NMI government doing everything to protect public from Covid-19, says governor

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres said on Monday that the government is “doing everything it can” to protect the public from the threat of Covid-19.

As of Monday, he added, the CNMI remained coronavirus-free. Some tourists are still coming in, although not by the number the government has anticipated, he said.

But “we are doing everything we can. We have always been concerned about the health of the public,” the governor said during an interview with Gary Sword on the KKMP radio morning program.

Despite the many challenges they face, he said the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., the Commonwealth Ports Authority, the Marianas Visitors Authority, and other agencies are doing everything they can to ensure that “we remain a safe community and safe destination.”

Torres said he has created a Covid-19 Task Force and it is chaired by CHCC Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Director Warren Villagomez.

The other members of the task force are officials of CNMI Homeland Security and Emergency Management, CPA, MVA and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

CHCC has gone “an extra mile” in ensuring public health by putting up a station at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport to closely monitor arriving visitors, the governor said.

“We have the right approach, and we are doing everything to show the world that the CNMI is a safe tourist destination,” he added.

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