Parliament. Papua New Guinea press review
During a special sitting of the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea it was decided to extend the state of emergency in the country for another two months, but restrictions on domestic flights will be lifted from Monday.
Prime Minister Hon. James Marape said, the extension of the lockdown was necessary «to ensure that we mitigate potential harm that the spread of the virus may cause», and also to implement «urgent and ongoing measures to protect all Papua New Guineans».
Hon. James Marape also added that State of Emergency Controller David Manning also had the powers to relax other restrictions where and when necessary.
In addition, Prime Minister said that said in a country of about 8 million people, but with only 500 doctors, Covid-19 posed a grave threat to PNG.
During a special sitting of Parliament, Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey announced K5.8 billion (US$1,6 billion) Covid-19, which includes:
• issuance of K2.5 billion in Treasury bonds;
• K1.5 billion in foreign assistance which includes K1.26 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), K170 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and K70 million from the World Bank (WB);
• K0.6 billion to support loan repayment holidays;
• K0.5 billion in superannuation measures to assist people who have lost their jobs;
• K0.5 billion for the health, security and economic sectors;
• K250 million for the health and security response – K175 million for Health, K50 million for Police and K25 million for Defence;
Parliament has been adjourned to the 2nd of June 2020.