As of April 15, Papua New Guinea has 2 confirmed cases. The first case on March 20 triggered an immediate shutdown for two weeks, and the reporting of the second case on April 6 prompted a state-of-emergency which extended the shutdown for two months. While international passenger flights have been banned, domestic travel is still permitted and schools are expected to resume on April 27. Key sectors of the economy (commodity, tourism, agriculture, and transport) have plummeted as a result of the pandemic, and Australia and other international partners are preparing a bailout package to prevent the state from collapsing.
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Pandemic’s Impacts to Reach the Depths of the Pacific (May 13, 2020)
PNG Nationalizes Canadian-owned Gold Mine (April 27, 2020)