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It is likely that more covid-19 cases in Solomon Islands will be registered from Sunday night’s flight given reports of selfish acts by one of the four positive cases.
The second round of tests will be made soon, and prime minister Manasseh Sogavare warns of the possibility of detecting new cases.
In his special national address this week, Sogavare said, “It is at this second test run that we might expect to pick up possible positives due to the contacts in the flight.
“We will have a much clearer picture of the covid-19 situation after the second round of testing. This will also inform any additional actions; government may have to institute to ensure the covid-19 virus is kept within the border quarantine and isolation stations.”
He said for the four new recorded covid-19 cases they were immediately isolated at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) following the red-flag on Monday.
“All other passengers that came in on the flight had been swabbed and the laboratory are conducting the analysis.
“All passengers considered to be of high-risk will be swabbed again on day five and six after their arrival for their second round of tests, while the rest will be swabbed between days five and 10 as per current protocol,” said Sogavare.
Despite having four new positive cases of covid-19 in the country there will be no immediate lock-down as the virus is contained within the isolation facilities and quarantine centres.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said, “I assure the nation, the virus is contained within the isolation facilities and the quarantine centres.
“There has been no breach that would put the public at risk. We will wait to see the rest of the tests that are being done today, and the second round of test later in the week to make an informed decision on further actions that may be needed going forward.
“I assure the nation that as of now, there is no need to worry about community transmission, which is the only ground upon which a Lock-down will be appropriate for the sole purpose of enabling our front-liners to undertake contact tracing within the community.
“Our dedicated front-liners have vowed not to let that happen,” he said.
SOURCE: ISLAND SUN/PACNEWS
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