150 released from Quarantine

The remaining returning nationals undergoing the mandatory 14-days quarantine at government Institutional Quarantine Facilities (IQF’s) in Honiara have graduated last week.

A total of 150 persons graduated after the final test carried out on each one of them yield a negative result.

A statement released from the Camp Management Committees office said “All persons released from quarantine are those who met all the requirements under Category 1, 2 & 3 of the reviewed/updated Institutional Quarantine days and COVID-19 Test Requirements.”

Category 1 covers passenger coming in from COVID-19 free countries such Tonga, Vanuatu and Samoa. Category 2 applies to those coming in from COVID affected countries but are now COVID free for the last 28 days and Category 3 covers those coming in from COVID affected countries but with regressing rate of new infections and number of active cases decreasing.

Persons coming in from these 3 categories are required to serve a compulsory 14 days quarantine plus additional requirements prior to their arrival and while under quarantine. The additional requirements are specific to which category one falls under.

Currently, only 7 nationals are undergoing quarantine- 6 males and 1 female housed at the Airport Motel and Access Apartments at Henderson. Four of these quarantine persons are Fisheries Observers who returned to the country via fishing boats. The other three are stranded nationals who returned via last week’s special flight from Papua New Guinea.

After their release, all IQF’s will be disinfected, cleaned and prepared for the third repatriation flight end of this month.