“PRIME Minister (PM) Manasseh Sogavare would be endorsing a recommendation to his Excellency the Governor-General (GG) to make a declaration for the extension of the current State of Public Emergency (SoPE) when it lapses at midnight on 24th July 2020.
“This came after the Cabinet has approved the recommendation from the Oversight Committee to extend the current emergency period for another four months.
“It's understood following the declaration by GG, the government would then table a motion in Parliament to approve the extension.
“Mr Sogavare yesterday said this is to ensure the country’s borders are controlled and mandatory quarantine and testing can continue unimpeded.
“If we do not declare another state of public emergency when the current SoPE lapses we will not be able to quarantine any people that come into the country from overseas.
“All those who are currently kept in the quarantine stations will automatically be released to their homes,” Sogavare said.”
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