PNG lockdown

Coronavirus: PNG announces lockdown, Solomons closes border to non-citizens

The prime minister made the announcement in a public address last night after a national emergency meeting in the capital Port Moresby to discuss the country's Covid-19 response strategy.

Mr Marape's declaration comes after health authorities in the country confirmed the first case of the Covid-19 coronavirus on Friday.

"We have now declared a nationwide state of emergency. I request with this announcement here that our nation gives greater support to this call," he said.