Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19: Urgent action needed in conflict zones

Hasten readiness of testing facilities, directs Governor

After visiting Rita Flynn facility and Gerehu General Hospital yesterday, Governor Parkop said he was not satisfied with the preparedness of the establishments.

“As Chairman of our Provincial Task Force Response Team and Governor of our city, I am giving a direction now that we put all effort to have the facility at Rita Flynn to be able to accept a small number of potential patients by tonight. We cannot delay any further,” he stated.

Termination of workers to be investigated: Controller

The direction came after the Labour Department received reports that a number of establishments laid off workers against an understanding of the Tripartite Working Committee Agreement made last week.

Manning urged employers to show some understanding in this difficult situation and allow the government to discuss and see how best to address the issue of businesses and employment and the welfare of citizens.

Foreign yacht intercepted in Manus waters

Police confirmed that there was an Australian couple on board who had travelled from Australia to Indonesia and into PNG waters. They were on their way to Rabaul, East New Britain Province.

Manus Provincial Police Commander, Chief Inspector David Yapu, said the couple was warned of the state of emergency lockdown and was refused entry into Manus.

He advised them to continue their journey to their destination in Rabaul.

Ships turned away by Madang govt: Minister

The move has impacted essential services, and led to three ships carrying critical cargo, like fuel, being turned away at the Madang port.

Minister for Police Bryan Kramer said in today’s COVID-19 media briefing that the Marape-led government is only focused on closing provincial borders.

The security personnel were not able to reach the Governor for Madang to issue a letter regarding the impact of his government’s decision, instead they gave it to the Provincial Administration.

Digicel network name change

It is not a new network. The name change attempts to reinforce the Health Department’s messages about practicing basic hygiene and is part of the company’s efforts in helping PNG battle COVID-19.

Around 1.5 million handsets will notice this change while others may not as this depends on the type of handset.

The company hopes that when users look at their handsets, they will be reminded to wash their hands.

COVID-19: The situation so far

Michael Kabuni, who is a Teaching Fellow in Political Science at the University of PNG, says Section 226 of PNG’s Constitution lists an “outbreak of pestilence or infectious disease” as grounds for declaring a national emergency.

PM issues stern warning to complacent officials

He made this statement following the Court’s dismissal of proceedings taken against him, by Leader of the Opposition, Belden Namah.

Services to the people of this country should not be hampered by mere politics and ego.

Prime Minister Marape once again made this call following the March 27th dismissal of the Opposition Leader’s application against him, which questioned the legality of the processes used to appoint him as Prime Minister.

“Government has once again been affirmed by our judiciary, and we are here to do business,” stated the PM.

Ignorant residents not observing SOE directive: Police

NCD metropolitan superintendent, Perou N’Dranou, said it is mostly the unemployed ones who are flaunting the state of emergency orders from the National Government.

The declaration of a state of emergency is to ensure the citizens of this country are protected from the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19.

Concern over misuse of facial mask

When do you use a mask? According to the World Health Organisation, healthy people should wear a mask only if they are taking care of a person with suspected COVID-19 infection. Or you should wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing.

“Masks must be used in combination with frequent hand washing with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub.”