Timeline Events of Covid-19 in PNG

National Gazettes

Tuesday 24 March 2020 – Port Moresby No. G191

  • Emergency Declaration on certain basic goods and services.

Monday 23 March 2020 – Port Moresby No. G185

  • No Selling, transport or selling of betel nut.
  • No travels with provinces irrespective of means of transport.
  • All organizations and companies adopt and implement safe work practices as issued by the department of Health.
  • All persons who have come into PNG since 7th March 2020 must report to the following number 1800 0200.

Friday 20 March 2020 – Port Moresby No. G183

  • No Persons to enter the territory of Papua New Guinea
  • Bans on venues or parts of venues providing
    • Gambling activities
    • Night club activities and services
    • Sports clubs and venues selling tickets for sports, musical or cultural events.
  • An immediate ban is placed on gatherings of over 100 persons and continues for force for 7 days.

Key Government Interventions

Tuesday 24 March 2020 Hon. Jelta Wong Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS issues instructions on;

  • Ban of sale and consumption of Buai/Betel-nut
  • Ban all domestic and provincial travels in PNG with special exception to Police, Military and Health Workers
  • All organisation and companies to implement safe work practices and direct non-essentials to stay at home.
  • All requests all persons who have arrived in PNG since 7th March to report to COVID-19 response team 1800 200

Tuesday 24 March 2020 Hon. Ian Ling-Stucky Minister for Treasury issues;

  • Emergency Declaration on Certain Basic Goods and Services.

Monday 23 March 2020 Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae Governor-General declares;

  • The Existence of a State of Emergency throughout Papua New Guinea in response to COVID-19 (Corona virus) pandemic for a period of 14 days (Monday 23th March – 5th April 2020).

Friday 20 March 2020 Hon Jelta Wong, Minister for Health and HIV/AIDS declares;

  • Ban entry to territory of Papua New Guinea
  • Ban on operations and venues of gambling, night clubs and sports, musical and cultural events including immediate ban on gatherings of over 100 persons.
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