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No mass repatriation again in Solomon Islands until country records first case: Rodgers
02:22 am GMT+12, 01/06/2020, Solomon Islands

If the country records its first case of covid-19 it is not necessary to send people home but focus will be on isolation, to contain the spread within area the case is discovered in, says Secretary to Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Jimmy Rodgers.
 
Rodgers, said, “Now if we were to have a case for instance according to experience gain putting people going back to provinces might not necessarily the same as it was when did for the first time.
 
“Our focus would be to isolate, to contain the spread within area the case it discovered.
 
“This has been an experience learned during the mass reparation exercise. It has been very useful in terms of planning positioning, processing.
 
“So, if the case is recorded in Honiara the Honiara lockdown would come into place, which means no one will go out and the virus will not go out and so we protect our people outside,” he said.
 
Rodgers said the first principal of lock-down is to isolate and to contain so rest of communities are protected.
 
“I think in terms of sending people back to the provinces it won’t happen but a possible lock down will.
 
“So, the moment we declared a case, a lock down will come immediately, there is no need to send people out, the focus is to make sure we contain, contact tracing, isolate, quarantine and manage so that everyone within the lock down area is not exposed to the virus.
 
“This is to make our people comfortable, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) been tried and tested in the lock down they will come to the fore and that is to protect our people,” he said.

SOURCE: ISLAND SUN/PACNEWS


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