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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has confirmed that four returning nationals that arrived via New Zealand have tested positive for COVID-19.
The four new positive cases are soccer players based in the UK.
The four were part of 16 soccer players that returned from the UK. All the players were seated together on the flight from New Zealand, which should reduce the risk for others on the flight.
Prime Minister Sogavare confirmed that all four are in isolation. The rest of the soccer players are quarantined separately.
Others on the flight have been quarantined in single rooms to minimise the risk of further transmission.
The Prime Minister said that any risky behaviour by returning citizens puts others at risk.
He said unfortunately one of the positive players refused to wear his face mask on the flight from New Zealand despite being told repeatedly to do so by flight crew. He says they know who the individual is, and his selfish action expose others in the flight and puts the country at risk.
Prime Minister Sogavare said that the government is doing all it can to prepare and protect citizens of the country.
Meanwhile,the first group of quarantined students from the Philippines will be released today if their final tests are negative.
The Prime Minister said these are the students quarantined at the GBR quarantine station.
As for the quarantined students at Chengs, PM Sogavare said their 21-day quarantine period has recommenced on 13th October, which was the date the 3rd case of Covid-19 was diagnosed at Chengs.
“If there are no more positive cases from Chengs, the students will be released between the 02nd and 04th November 2020. They will be released if they complete three more tests and they are negative,” he said.
The Prime Minister said regarding the four initial cases from our students from Philippines, they have since recovered and are now COVID-19 free.
He said they will be released after a further three negative tests are undertaken.
Prime Minister Sogavare said despite the four new cases from our 16 soccer players from United Kingdom, the planning and execution by our front-liners has given them confidence that they have contained the infection within the isolation facility.
“Any further possible infection will be contained in the quarantine stations and dealt with decisively,” he said.
SOURCE: SOLOMON TIMES ONLINE/PACNEWS
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