“Solomon Islands police are working with border communities to help prepare them for a potential Covid-19 outbreak.
“While the country has no confirmed cases of Covid, the virus has now reached the neighbouring Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville.
“A Joint Border Operation Team has been holding discussions about the Covid threat with chiefs in Solomons Western Province near the PNG border.
“The Team's Inspector Kerry Sireheti said that for months people had been adhering to the border closure under public emergency provisions introduced to prevent the virus reaching the country.
“But he said efforts to secure the border were increasing, and recent meetings with chiefs in the Shortland Islands were aimed at helping them prepare for health security too.”
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