Papua New Guinea news and Corona Virus / Covid 19 timeline from March 20 first confirmed case until now
Information Centre for COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea https://covid19.info.gov.pg
PNG moving into Code Orange (as per the PNG Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19) it is imperative that accurate and up-to-date information is disseminated to all citizens.
PNG Government’s COVID-19 response for Tuesday May 12, 2020. Exciting moment for the PNG Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as we witnessed the arrival of two aircrafts bringing in personal protective equipment (PPEs), test kits and other items vital to our COVID-19 response. This included the generous assistance from the Australian Government and from the Chinese Government.
The State of Emergency ends on June 2. The National Parliament is expected to meet a week prior to discuss whether to extend or not to. At the moment there is no local evidence to assist the Government to determine the way forward. Thanks to the WHO ,we have received over 10,000 GeneXpert cartridges which will assist us do more tests and assess where we are in terms of COVID-19 so that we can make the right decision. We will begin in Port Moresby and will also focus on areas where the positive COVID-19 cases were identified including our border provinces.
Return of PNG citizens/residents
I have issued a number of orders and directions on the repatriation of PNG citizens abroad. We are committed to bringing home our people who have been stranded abroad and have been doing everything humanly possible to achieve that. I issued orders yesterday to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as Air Niugini regarding the return of any PNG citizen or permanent resident who is being funded to return to PNG by the Government of PNG.
For these persons returning to PNG, the necessary accommodation arrangements for their 14 day quarantine will be organised by the DFAIT. DFAIT are to coordinate effectively with the Immigration and Citizenship Authority and adhere to paragraph 5 of the Emergency Direction-Arrivals Process regarding hotel quarantine. The orders are also specific to Air Niugini in that the national airline is expected to assist PNG citizens or residents returning to PNG who have been authorised by the Controller, regardless of whether they have a hotel booking or not.
Second hand stores seem to be surrounding PNG . Each and every province is filled with shops on every corner with regular fresh deliveries filled with hundreds of fresh items for sale . Items like books, clothing, shoes, bags and a lot more.
I did not even notice it until my buddy pointed out amazing mantis Shrimp wondering out of his home . I moved closer while breathing from my SCUBA and starting to snap away.
Swim with hundreds of Spinner Dolphins in Kokopo and Rabaul , Papua New Guinea. Morning Dolphin Tour.
It was only 6 AM and i was making my way to the beach to depart for this magical trip . Trip to see hundreds of spinner Dolphins in Kokopo Town .
ThorAmboinensis also knows as Sexy Shrimp can be quite easily found in Papua New Guinea while Scuba Diving . While macro diving over reefs. Sexy Shrimp gets its name from the way it moves abdomen , by swaying from side to side.
Males are normally smaller with a single stripe across the abdomen while females are normally large and usually with multiple stripes
Sexy Shrimp can be found by closely looking at Anemone tentacles . Normally Sexy Shrimps hide just between them .
These little guys are able to grow to a about 1- 1,5 cm . Maybe larger , but i have never seen any bigger ones .
I found these tiny ones while diving between Duke Of York islands !
As soon as you arrive in Kokopo , locals will ask you if you managed to visit this local hub. Local hub called Ralum Country Club . Also called a golf course or Ralum by GI ( Gazelle International Hotel). And for many it stays just that , but there is a lot more to it .
It was my shopping time ! I got my backpack on my shoulders and started walking toward fruit section of the market . It was sunny lady . Ladies with their Mary blouse dresses were sitting on the benches and watching me closely , but still giving me space. They greeted me with they warm smile filled with reddish marks from betel nut chewing. But not here. Market was free from this habit and could result in fine for those who have decided to test newly implemented rules.
It was late afternoon and we were on the way to the magical Kabakon Island.. This deserted land is free of people . Only 1 house on the island. Thats PNG to you...
During my dive on Big Pigeon wall ( Credner Islands ) i run into this little guy called Notodoris Serenae . Took me a little while to get a decent shot...
Credner islands are located just 30 minutes drive away from Kokopo Town . Some get banana boats from the town and go to the islands, some simply book a tour with all the luxuries and comfort. Either way this is a stunning spot to visit
Credner Islands is locally known as Little or Big Pigeon as they are 2 islands
Credner islands are partially populated. Little Pigeon is deserted, although some people sometimes simply live in a some sort of tent for a while and then move away again .
This stunning wreck called Atun Wreck iis located only 30 minutes boat drive away from Kokopo Town and even after stormy weather - is a great dive site.
Former Taiwanese tuna fishing vessel. Deliberately sunk on 1983 by the Rabaul Dive club, the wreck sits bolt upright on the ledge in about 21 m.
My overnight stay was coming to an end , but one last stop before we leave stunning Mioko island at Duke Of York Islands. This stop was Queen Emma plantation- or whats left of it in Mioko!
Locals say stories of Queen Emma. A fierce lady who brought so much to people. People here still talk about her . How she walked around village and talked to people, how she say on the white sandy beach at Mioko bay and looked over newly planted coconut trees. How she wore white and liked her drink when she got older. Seems there are a lot of rumors and a lot of truth. Emma was a very shrewd, entrepreneurial person who worked for and against whoever suited her ambitions at the time. These included commercial enterprises, royalty, local tribes, head-men, government agencies and religious organizations.But there is a lot more to her story...