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PNG Parliament votes to shut down the country for two months amid COVID-19 fears
4:06 pm GMT+12, 02/04/2020, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Parliament has voted to shut the down the country and extended the State of Emergency in response to global pandemic COVID-19 for two months.
 
Prime Minister James Marape says this is because the PNG health system does not have the ability to defend people against coronavirus 19.
 
But he said  after the first SOE lapses on Monday, the SOE controller will be asked to lift the ban on movement between provinces.
 
But this he said will be done in a process where people will be required to declare where they are going and why and how long they will be staying.
 
“Now is not the time to be complacent. Now is not the time to play politics” said PM Marape.
 
Parliament debated the proposal before it sanctioned the SOE proposals through an Emergency Act. The State of Emergency will continue for the next two months but domestic air travels and movement of people have been allowed.

SOURCE: PNG TODAY/PACNEWS


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