Four (4) additional Quarantine Stations for Western and Choiseul Provinces

The Government has approved four additional Quarantine Stations for Choiseul and Western Provinces. This is contained in an Extra-Ordinary gazette under legal notice Nos 182 and 183.

The newly declared Quarantine Stations are Noro Lodge, Red Devil Transport-Nusatupe, Takuho Bungalows-Tuha in the Western Province and Supizae Bungalows in Choiseul Province.

The additional Quarantine Stations will add capacity to the existing Quarantine Station located at the Gizo Hospital in Western Province.

Meanwhile Seven (7) persons have since graduated and released from the Nila Isolation Center last week after serving 16 days’ mandatory quarantine.

Western and Choiseul Province are regarded as high risk areas for importation of COVID-19 given their close proximity to the maritime border they share with neighboring Bougainville. Solomon Islands through RSIPF maintains safety and security on the Western Border with Papua New Guinea.

Officials from the Western and Choiseul Provinces are managing the Government On Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) at Nila in the Shortland Islands, and all Quarantine Stations throughout the two provinces.

To date there are no community transmissions and the Government remains committed in implementing strict measures to prevent further potential importation and spread of COVID-19.