The Solomon Islands hit hard by Covid 19
143 new positive cases were recorded in the last 24 hours between 8:00 a.m. on January 27 and 8:00 a.m. on January 28, bringing the total number of positive cases to 898.
Permanent Secretary for Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil announced the results this afternoon, while indicating that the number of cases is sure to rise as testing continues at the NRH molecular laboratory.
Testing in Gizo, Western Province, and Auki, Malaita Province, is expected to further increase the current Honiara statistics in the coming days.
Current statistics indicate 5 deaths since the outbreak, 5 cases currently in critical condition and 25 recoveries.
Honiara City currently has 38 hotspots since January 27, while Ontong Java in the outer islands of Malaita remains on the list. Other potential hotspots yet to be declared include Auki and some areas in the southern region of Malaita province, Marovo Lagoon, Noro, Munda and Gizo in the western province. Surveillance is also underway for parts of the Central Islands and Makira-Ulawa provinces.
The government’s message is very clear
“Strong and healthy public servants must urgently volunteer their support to the process of food distribution to Honiara communities during the current food restrictions.
The government’s oversight committee issued this appeal through the Ministry of Public Service today (Saturday, January 29) for an urgent response to this request.
The food distribution is being led by the Livelihood Sector Committee which was activated earlier this week.
The committee’s task is to receive food donations, organize them and distribute them to approximately 22,000 households in the Honiara emergency area.
Food distribution by the Livelihood sector to communities in Honiara will continue in the coming days.”
A team of Australian doctors arrived Saturday in the Solomon Islands to help authorities fight a sudden outbreak of COVID-19, which was virtually absent from the Pacific archipelago until last week.
The Australian authorities announced that eight experts had landed in Honiara, the capital of the archipelago, with a shipment of 37,000 doses of vaccine.