Additional COVID-19 case in Solomon Islands

A new COVID-19 positive case was recorded in the Solomon Islands.

The new case was imported from Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare updates the nation in his COVID-19 special address the morning.
“I very much regretted that the country has recorded a new COVID-19 positive case, bringing our registered COVID-19 cases to a total of 19.”

He said the person was a foreign national who transited through Brisbane on the way to Honiara on Friday afternoon.

He added a suspect case who came in contact with the positive case person was also been identified and isolated.

The patient is currently in Isolation at the National Referal Hospital.

Meanwhile Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Pauline McNeil said a total of 12 passenger were on board Friday’s flight. Of the 12 one positive case was recorded and one suspected case now in isolation.

Currently a total of 88 people were in quarantine facilities in Honiara.

All the earlier eighteen COVID-19 positive cases have returned negative and no deaths due to the coronavirus.

Lately, neighboring Papua New Guinea has recorded more than 4,000 cases, 39 deaths, and more than 800 recoveries.

The Solomon Islands has recently launched and rollout its vaccination program.

by Charley Piringi

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