Posted by : Posted on : 23-Mar-2020

Solomon Islands Government acts to deal with the potential entry and possible spread of COVID -19

As of yesterday, Sunday, Non-Citizens of Solomon Islands have been banned to enter the country.

“The notice of the travel ban was according to the latest joint travel advisory issued by the Solomon Islands Government.

Quoting the travel advisory notice it said.

“Solomon Islands Citizens and residents who travelled through any country reporting cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) will be permitted to enter but will undergo mandatory strict quarantine for 14 days.

“The Solomon Islands Government is taking every necessary and proactive measures to deal with the potential entry and/or spread of the COVID- 19.”

Also in the Solomon Islands, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education has confirmed that King George Sixth School will be used as a Quarantine Centre for suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.

“Dr Franco Rodie confirmed this when asked if King George Sixth School will be used for a quarantine centre to those travelling in the country.

Meanwhile in foreign news Reuters reports today, Monday, that China has seen a drop in new coronavirus cases; all new cases imported.

Quoting part of the Reuters press release, it said”


Mainland China saw a drop in its daily tally of new coronavirus cases, reversing four straight days of gains, as the capital Beijing ramped up measures to contain the number of infections arriving from abroad.

China had 39 new confirmed cases on Sunday, the National Health Commission said, down from 46 a day earlier. All of them involved travellers arriving from abroad, many of whom are Chinese students returning home.

The city of Beijing expanded measures to contain imported infections, diverting all international flights arriving from Monday to other airports in other cities, including Shanghai and as far west as Xian, where passengers will undergo virus screening.

Beijing reported 10 new imported cases, the National Health Commission said on Monday, down from 13 a day earlier. Infections from abroad in the city hit an all-time high of 21 on March 18.”

Also according to Reuters today, New Zealand will move to its highest alert level imposing self-isolation, with all-non-essential services, schools and offices to be shut over the next 48 hours as the number of coronavirus cases more than double.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the decisions would place the most significant restriction on New Zealanders' movements in modern history, but it was needed to save lives and slow the virus.

The number of coronavirus cases in New Zealand shot up to 102, more than double since Friday, as the country reported 36 new infections. New Zealand has had no deaths.

The move comes after neighbouring Australia, which has thousands of COVID-19 cases; started lockdown measures on Monday, but has stopped short of self-isolation.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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