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.
MARCH 20 2020
Prime Minister declared first confirmed (imported) case in PNG
MARCH 22 2020
Prime Minister James Marape declares State of Emergency and limits movements of people for a period of 14 days
MARCH 23 2020
First confirmed imported case undergoes medical evacuation to Australia
Government establishes 24/7 National Operations Centrewhich is inter-ministerial, inter-agency to with co-opted professional member framework
MARCH 26 2020
Government declares State of Emergency from 23rd March to 06th April, with the Police Commissioner appointed as Emergency Controller
APRIL 01 2020
UPNG Medical School library starts to test samples
APRIL 02 2020
National Parliament extends State of Emergency to two months
APRIL 06 2020
Prime Minister James Marape announces second confirmed case in PNG
Emergency Controller announces locked down of East New Britain Province for 21 days
APRIL 07 2020
Emergency Controller issues emergency orders for immediate implementation, related to SOE extension.
APRIL 08 2020
Emergency Controller issues order public transport operations during the Easter long weekend
APRIL 10 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Steven Davies Health Minister Jelta Wong, NCD Governor Powes Parkop opened the pre tri-age clinic for NCD at Rita Flynn complex
APRIL 12 2020
The World Bank has approved a loan of USD20 million to support Papua New Guinea’s emergency preparedness and response plans.
APRIL 14 2020
Manning directs removal of police road blocks in Central province
APRIL 16 2020
PM announce five new cases of coronavirus in Papua New Guinea.
Controller Manning releases Order 16 following the five new cases
APRIL 17 2020
Controller David Manning releases Order 17 (Amendment NCD & Western Province - confirmed Provincial Covid-19 Case) and Order 18 (Seizure of Goods Critical to the National Emergency Covid-19 Response)
APRIL 18 2020
Controller David Manning releases Order 19 (Price Regulation) and Order 20 (Burial of Deceased Persons)
APRIL 19 2020
The Prime Minister Hon. James Marape, has announced that 125 samples taken on Thursday, 16 April 2020, have returned negative of the 2019 coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
APRIL 21 2020
Controller relax restrictions as PNG heads into "new normal"
APRIL 22 2020
Controller Manning anounces new case in Eastern Highlands Province, brings PNG Covid-19 cases to 8
APRIL 24 2020
Prime Minister Announces Resumption of Universities and Schools
APRIL 25 2020
Controller of the State of Emergency, David Manning lifted flight restrictions into and out of Rabaul and re-opened Port of Rabaul as a designated international shipping port
MAY 06 2020
Controller Issues Directions to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread in Resource Project Areas
MAY 11 2020
Follow more updates in Official PNG Covid 19 info page
Ministry of Health Covid 19 PNG page
PM MARAPE ACKNOWLEDGES AUSTRALIA’S CONTRIBUTION TO COMBAT COVID-19 TRANSMISSIONMARAPE THANKS THE GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR DONATIONS