Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has started that the COVID-19 outbreak in Honiara is starting to show signs of slowing down.
Speaking during his national address yesterday, Sogavare said: “The outbreak in Honiara is starting to show signs of slowing down, however, it is increasing in other provinces including Malaita, Isabel, Central, and Guadalcanal Province.”
“Having said that, the number of reported cases does not represent true number of cases. It is strongly believed that there are more cases because not all came forward for testing and also because of our limited testing capacity. However, we have made provision of widespread availability of testing through the use of rapid tests and this will be made available at different levels of health system,” the PM stated.
Sogavare would like to commend the population of Honiara who have complied with the public health measures and helped “us slow down the outbreak of COVID 19 in Honiara.”
However, he said, this is only the beginning.
“We must still be very vigilant and continue to observe COVID 19 safe practices such as maintaining physical distance, wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and most importantly VACCINATE yourself. I am greatly encouraged by the in-road made into increasing our vaccination coverage rate,” he said.