Evidence of a growing flattening curve in the coronavirus threat
The Solomon Islands like so many countries globally is facing the threat of coronavirus and so far has not seen the virus penetrating the country with restrictions and strong government measures having been enforced, including the outstanding efforts of the MOHMS personnel and ‘front line’ officials monitoring arrivals at border control points
The virus threat will go over time but in the Solomon Islands much of the end result will depend upon the steadfastness of the people being united and on following strictly the prescribed health care precautions, MOHMS advice and the healthcare support the country enacts.
I believe with the restrictions in place and with reduced travel and reduced social interaction on a large scale over time, the Solomon Islands government will be looking to the example of China especially as well as South Korea to see how they’ve managed to successfully flatten the curve.
The first case of the virus originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. It is believed that the country has had more than 81,000 cases and 3,000 deaths according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Since, then Wuhan and a number of other Chinese cities and districts have been under lockdown - some restrictions of which are slowly now lifting. According to WHO, the peak of the illness was on the 13th February.
Most recently figures have again reduced and on Friday (20th March), the country reported no new cases of Covid-19. In fact, for the past couple of weeks, most new cases originated outside of the country.
Initially, South Korea was one of the worst affected countries when it came to Covid-19, along with Italy and Iran after China.
The WHO says the Republic of Korea has seen 8,413 cases of the disease, with 84 deaths. The rate of citizens with the disease peaked at the end of February and has been on the decline ever since.
The decline in instances of the deadly virus could mean positive things for those, like the Solomon Islands, stuck in the grip of coronvirus reaching its shores.
Be strong, be united, be determined and fight the challenges together, as so often evidenced in the past.