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Papua New Guinea locks down today, declared a ‘national day of prayer and fasting’ next day

James Marape, prime minister of Papua New Guinea, speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on Monday, July 22, 2019. Photographer: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Pan Pacific Agency | COMMUICATION AGENCY FOR PACIFICA REGIONS

PORT MORESBY, Mar 24, 2020, NBC/PNG Today. Papua New Guinea’s 14 days lock-down takes effect as of today – Tuesday 24th March with a State of Emergency being declared by the Prime Minister James Marape on Sunday, PNG Today reported.

This is after it recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 or Coronavirus case on Friday last week.

Travel restrictions have been imposed on both international and domestic flights, road and sea travel between provinces, gathering of people in big numbers was also being restricted while schools have been asked to take an early holiday starting today for a period of two weeks.

Mr. Marape has called for all government departments and private companies to have non-essential staff stay at home for the 14-day period.

The Prime Minister has also declared Wednesday 25th March a ‘National Day of Prayer and Fasting.

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