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1,037 new cases for Honiara in past 72 hours, PS says no considerations for lock-down

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The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the past 72 hours has increased to 1,226 with 1,037 in Honiara alone.

Permanent Secretary of Health and Medical Services Pauline McNeil said with the latest record, there are now 14,182 cases recorded in the country.

Despite the second wave she confirmed that there were still no considerations for lockdown.

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She, nevertheless, confirmed that Honiara City is currently experiencing a large scale of community transmission.

Despite of that hospitalization is low with just 17 patients at the NRH and only three on oxygen.

McNeil further revealed that there were more than 70 patients who were admitted for other diseases were also tested positive for covid in various departments in the hospital – with 35 in the Emergency Department.

They were considered to be mild and were treated for their health conditions, she added.

McNeil said: “We noticed that the virus has also spread rapidly at the NRH complex but we also noticed that many have recovered and returned to negative after 48 hours.”

She told the radio programme that the virus strain is consistent with Omicron but it will only be confirmed once they get the results of genome sequencing from Australia.

In the meantime, she asked families of patients that are admitted at the NRH to refrain from visiting the hospital to control the spread of the virus.

In terms of deaths, McNeil said there was zero death in the past 72 hours.

Meanwhile the PS said there were some rumours circulating around lockdown.

“Health has not yet considered a need for lockdown at this stage of second wave of coivd,” she said this afternoon.

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