National Pandemic Act 2020

Suspension Of Torres Strait Traditional Border Crossing

Manning said the traditional border crossing arrangements established under the Torres Strait Treaty are suspended as of May 4th 2022. 

He added that a person can only cross the border in the event of medical emergencies, natural disasters and emergencies at sea.

Authorized Officers have been placed to monitor the traditional border crossing areas in Western Province.

Call To Repeal Pandemic Act 2020

Chairman Pastor Joseph Walters expressed his thoughts after a media conference held at the Tabernacle of Prayer Church hall to declare a three-week prayer vigil for the National General Elections, yesterday.

In referring to the call made by the recent meeting of the Provincial Health leaders during a workshop in Port Moresby recently calling for a nationwide vaccination, Reverend Walters made these comments.

Namah challenges National Pandemic Act 2020 in court

Young and Williams Lawyers, Counsel for Namah, lodged the Supreme Court Application (SCC OS/4/2020) at 9.36am on Wednesday.

Namah in a statement said the Opposition has applied to have the Act struck down as unconstitutional under Section 41 of the Constitution by the Supreme Court.

He clarified that they have find the National Pandemic Act to be contrary to the Constitution for the following reasons:-

Manning appointed Controller of COVID-19 Pandemic

The appointment was made by Governor General, Sir Bob Dadae.

This follows advice from the National Executive Council (NEC), and by virtue of the powers conferred in Section 41 (1) of the National Pandemic Act 2020, the Governor General declared the existence of a COVID-19 pandemic throughout PNG with effect from 17 June until further notice.

Following his appointment Manning issued seven National Pandemic Measures as part of the Government's COVID-19 response.

They are: