Hope amidst COVID-19

The seminar involved 11 participants representing 6 dioceses, Wabag, Goroka, Alotau, Mt Hagen, Lae, Kavieng, and Aitape, with two staff from the National Catholic Church Health Services.

The seminar was facilitated by the Social Communications Secretary, Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, and the SOCOM team.

The seminar taught participants how they can effectively harness the use of print media and its essential elements to communicate the ‘Good News’ through their news stories and events happening within their diocese.

WHO intensifies collaboration

In February 2021, cases rose steeply, with 449 cases reported in the month of February alone, bringing the total to 1,365 with 14 deaths.

The World Health Organization has intensified collaboration with the Government as mass gatherings to commemorate the country’s founding prime minister threaten to accelerate already rising cases of COVID-19.

BSP Group announces 2020 Profit

The result is 9.5% lower compared to 2019, driven by an increase in impairment expenses to K201.3m (+102.9%) due to the impact of COVID-19 across the Group.

In announcing the 2020 results, Sir Kostas Constantinou, OBE, Chairman of the BSP Board highlighted that notwithstanding the profit reduction, the result reflects a continuing strong underlying performance by BSP which has been able to withstand the significant adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic due to its strong balance sheet and prudent provisioning policies.

PNG records 14th COVID-19 death

A 60-year-old male from the National Capital District is the latest reported COVID-19 death. 

He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Port Moresby General Hospital on the 24th of February. 

He died on Monday, while in ICU.

The death comes as 49 new cases were reported around the country on March 1, bringing the country’s COVID-19 cases to 1,365. 

The cases were reported in four provinces: 15 in NCD; two in West Sepik; three in Morobe; and 31 in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

Super Fund keeps COVID Controls

NSL announced this following a surge in recorded COVID-19 cases in Port Moresby, and other provinces,

NSL says over the past 12-months the Fund has implemented operational controls to help tenants, members and staff to stay ahead of the spread COVID-19.

CEO of Nambawan Super, Paul Sayer, said Covid-19 is a serious threat to the wellbeing of Papua New Guineans, and they must not be complacent.

Police station closes after COVID-19 case

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, said they were advised on Tuesday morning that a personnel from Gordon’s Police Station had his results sent back to him as positive on Monday night.

“He did the right thing by immediately contacting his Police Station Commander who in turn, alerted Metropolitan Superintendent and I,” stated Wagambie Jnr.

“We immediately, under COVID-19 protocols, have temporarily closed the Gordon's Police Station and have had all personnel there put though COVID-19 testing at Rita Flynn.


Manning in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

Manning said his COVID-19 results including those of the two members of his family were confirmed on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

PM makes alert level announcement for Auckland

Cabinet met this afternoon to decide whether the risk of Covid-19 spreading has diminished enough for Auckland to move to alert level 1.

Eight cases that had recently emerged had all been linked and close contacts of the mother of a family at the centre of the outbreak had all produced negative results, she said.

Cabinet had decided to make face coverings mandatory in all public transport across NZ at levels one and two.

Treasury closes following positive COVID-19 result

This is a risk mitigation measure to limit any potential transmission of COVID-19. 

The Treasury Secretary, Dairi Vele, stated: “It was a decision made to protect the health and safety of Treasury officers in the workplace and to ensure any vulnerable officers or those with at-risk members of family are protected. 

“We were notified that a Treasury officer had received a positive COVID-19 test result. This officer had not recently been in the workplace, however, community transmission is high within the city and our staff should feel safe in their work environment.”

Auckland to drop to alert level 2 at midnight

There is one exception to the alert levels: Papatoetoe High School. Students and their families are being asked to stay home, and return a negative Covid-19 test before returning to school on Monday.

"As ever, if you are sick, please stay home," Ardern said. "This continues to be one of our most important restrictions."

She said Cabinet will review the alert levels again on Monday.