I am very sad to have learned over the past 24 hours of incidents of Covid-19 cases having occurred in the Solomon Island, with one death said to have been associated with the virus having been reported to have occurred.
While there are cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Solomon Islands there is a risk you can catch it or pass it on.
How COVID-19 is spread
COVID-19 is spread through close contact with people who have the virus. People with the virus can spread it even if they do not have symptoms.
When someone with the virus breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, they release small droplets containing the virus.
You can catch COVID-19 if you breathe in these droplets or touch surfaces covered with droplets.
The risk of catching COVID-19 is highest indoors and in crowded places.
How to help stop the spread of COVID-19
- get vaccinated against COVID-19
- meet people outside if possible
- open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
- limit the number of people you meet and avoid crowded places
- wear a face covering in shops, on public transport and when it's hard to stay away from other people (particularly indoors or in crowded places)
- wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you're at high risk from COVID-19
Stay at home and get a test if you have symptoms
Stay at home and get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of COVID-19:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You need a test that is sent to a lab, called a PCR test.
Follow all advice given out by the MHMS and the SI Government.
Please try and keep yourselves safe and protected – and the best way is to get yourself vaccinated.