21 nationals released today

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A total of 21 returning nationals should now reunite with their families and rejoin the community after completing their 14 days in quarantine and testing negative for COVID-19 virus.

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They are all returning nationals who arrived on the flight from Samoa and Vanuatu on 23rd August.

They were issued their quarantine certificate today as successful graduates from the government-managed Quarantine Stations.

A statement from the National Disaster Council (NDC) said the batch complete the 14-days in good health.

“Records shows that Samoa and Vanuata are COVID-19 free like us but it’s mandatory for all incoming passengers which shows the government’s commitment in implementing strict measures to prevent potential importation and spread of COVID-19.

“We sincerely thank these batch for their cooperation throughout the two-week process and conducting the tests,” the statement said.

“Most of them are students who have just completed their studies,” it adds.

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With these latest graduation, the remaining number of persons undergoing the process now reduce and stands at 105.

“The current batch are those returning nationals and exempted foreigners from the China flight last week.

“They have conducted the first swab test in the first 48 hours after accommodating in the stations and all results turns out negative.

“Another 2 more tests by our health teams will be conducted for duration of their stay,” the NDC statement explains adding that they are accommodated isolated from each group as per Standard Operating Procedure.

So far, more than 800 Solomon Islanders and dozens of foreign nationals (exempted for essential service support) have entered the country since the first declared State of Public Emergency in March 24th. Also, the country’s Solomon Airlines has conducted a total of 8 repatriation flights to neighbouring Pacific Island countries.

Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) continues to lead the Government’s multi-sectoral approach to stem COVID-19 infiltration on our shores. All government agencies and stakeholders are providing the required support through the National Disaster Operations Committee (N-DOC) and Provincial Disaster Operations Committee (P-DOC) Sectors.

N-DOC Camp Management Sector Committee maintains and continues to manage all the government approved Quarantine Stations (QS) in Honiara and Western Province.

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