First Covid-19 positive case confirmed for Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands has recorded its first Covid-19 positive case.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced in his special nationwide address this afternoon.

PM says the person is a student that came on repatriation flight from Philippines on Tuesday 29 Sept. 2020.

“It pains me to say that we have lost our Covid-19 free status despite our collective efforts to prevent the pandemic from entering our country.

“This is disappointing setback to the extraordinary efforts of all officials, personnel, communities and stakeholders that have been actively involved in working to prevent covid-19 from entering Solomon Islands,”he says.

Despite the unfortunate situation, which the country is now experiencing, PM Sogavare assured the public that the preparedness and response measures the government has diligently worked on implementing over the past 8 months had been activated and are now in full operation.

“All planning, preparation and simulation exercises had not been in vain and the government is confident on its capacity to respond, contain and manage the situation to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the public is maintained.

He said the student is quarantined in Manila before he boarded the flight to come back home.

“He tested negative for the three tests that were done in Manila which was a compulsory requirement that each students must meet before they were allowed to board the aircraft.”

With this first case, Solomon Islands now lost its Covid-19 free status.