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.
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 .
Build for Nitiro Gyogyo and registered in Tokyo, she was launched from Yokohama Dock yard in 1923. She sank on 2 November 1943 during one of the most publicised raids over Rabaul. Captain Charles W. Howe claims responsibility for sinking the Manko Maru. His report stated, “As we dropped into Sampson harbour … I broke away to avoid a collision with another plane…and at a speed of 23- mph, I started a run on a freighter of approximately 1,500-tons. At a range of 800 yards I opened fire. I continued firing until forced to pull up clear of the vessel. A ne thousand pound bomb dropped early skipped into the side of the bat the other banging off the ship`s deck. My gunner reported later that the ship sunk immediately.
We stopped out little boat and anchored. I looked in the water from the side of the boat … and could see absolutely nothing . I wondered if this was incredibly deep dive. We dropped in and I straight started to descent to see if I can see anything if I drop down . And thankfully I could . As soon as I was under at about 3m I could see a reef filled with lots of creatures.
We started to head out and to the deep and passed reef annd sand and then at 28 m there is was . Beautiful Mitsubishi Zero A6M . It was covered with coral in a thin layer. In Captains cockpit there was a eel hiding and on a tail growing few soft corals. Around wreck blue spotted stingrays were hiding. I could see sharp stinger from stingrays tails pointing a little bit out so I could snap up on them and try get a perfect shot.
In World War 2 from 1942-1945 “The Beehives “ was in the centre of the harbour and of course all Japanese warships would pass it on the way in and out. Seems these rocks have seen so much.
“The Toli story on how they came to be is as...
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 !
It was nearly midday and after our coffee with surface interval we were ready for the next dive . It was first time for me and other in our 3 person buddy team to dive this site ! We had no idea what to expect . I heard about the place , but have never seen any photos . Not even the ones from the ship while it was still afloat.
We started our descend. Anchor line seemed slack and I was sure that side should be only about 20 m deep , but after dropping to 15 and still no sight of anything except anchor line I realised I was very much wrong.
This is gonna be an adrenaline filled dive...
Found this little guy while shore diving at only 3 m depth . This was passing by right in front of Scorpion fish fro about 5 minutes and i was starting to wonder if Scorpion fish is gonna start to move . It did not !
Size - about 2,5 cm
Season : January
Weather: very good , calm sea
Water temp: 30 degrees Celsius
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.