Gov’t takes proactive measures against coronavirus

The Solomon Islands Government is taking all necessary and proactive measures to deal with the possible entry and potential spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Following declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak as a matter of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) at the end of January this year, the Government has since established an oversight committee to address the COVID-19 issue.

The oversight committee comprises of senior officials and experts from various Government ministries and agencies.

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Some of the measures now in place at points of entry include travel restrictions to deny entry for travellers from “restricted countries”, quarantine of travellers who arrived within the 14 day prior to being in any of the “affected countries” with daily monitoring, awareness and risk communication materials (e.g. posters) on measles and COVID-19 through various media outlets, revised public health declaration cards that all international visitors and returning residents must fill on arrival and screening of passengers with fever and/or symptoms of measles or COVID-19.

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In support for the measures taken by the Government, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has also been providing the Solomon Islands Government with scientific and medical information on the virus.

This include a video conference held on Tuesday this week between PRC Experts and all South Pacific Countries including Solomon Islands.

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The Government notes that it is important for all people to avail themselves to be informed on a regular basis with updates, advisories and general awareness in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government further encourages the public to exercise responsibility and issues a stern warning to refrain from creating false rumours that might cause fear and create panic.

Anyone found to be circulating or publishing false information, will be charged under the relevant laws.

The Government will continue to implement necessary measures to ensure public health and well-being is maintained.