Talasasa: be responsible, take precaution

THE PEOPLE of Western Province (WP) are being reminded that they themselves must take responsibility for their actions in the prevention against the coronavirus (COVID-19) from spreading. The call was made by WP Member of Assembly for Ward 16 Ramrakha Talasasa amidst the current national viral scare saying; “if we the people are so concerned…

Gizo town takes action

The Western Province Government (WPG) under Provincial Disaster Committee (PDC) had issued a notice on Wednesday for the closure and cancellation of a number of activities in Gizo. According to the Deputy Chairman of the Provincial Disaster Committee Patrick Toireana, the new regulation was made in light of the growing threat from the current COVID-19…

Temotu ready to shut off its door

TEMOTU Province will stop all movement in and out of the province in the event the country records its first coronavirus case. Premier Clay Forau stated this when he opened the Provincial Assembly meeting at Lata yesterday. Forau said his province does not have a health system that has the capacity to deal with a…

Health workers ask for early leave

A GOOD number of nurses and doctors are currently applying to take their leave despite the imminent threat the coronavirus (COVID-19) has posed. The situation has put a lot of pressure on the Minister and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS). Minister Dickson Mua confirmed this to the Solomon Star…

Cabinet to decide on fate of students

EDUCATION Minister Commins Mewa will present the recommendations regarding the repatriation of students from Fiji and abroad to the Cabinet on Thursday. Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD) Dr. Franco Rodie said in a statement on Wednesday. “Be assured that as soon as Cabinet has deliberated or considered MEHRD’s…

Gov’t boosts efforts to combat COVID-19

A STATE OF EMERGENCY By IAN M.KAUKUI THE Government has now got the emergency powers to deal effectively with the threats the coronavirus poses to the nation. It came with the state of public emergency Governor-General Sir David Vunagi declared for the nation yesterday. “The state of public emergency Regulations will empower the Prime Minister…

MHMS SENDS MORE SUSPECTED COVID-19 SAMPLES TO AUSTRALIA

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services on Wednesday 25 March confirmed three persons are being investigated for possible suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. One suspected sample has been taken and sent on Tuesday (Yesterday) and arrived in Australia today (Wednesday). In addition two (2) more samples were taken and will be sent tomorrow (Thursday), giving…

Lockdown a possibility, says PMO chief of staff

THE Government is likely to lock down the country in an event the first COVID-19 case is confirmed. That’s according to the Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office Robson Djokovic. He was speaking at a round-table discussion on the COVID-19 the Tourism Department organised at Honiara Hotel on Tuesday for frontline agencies and stakeholders. The…

SIMA calls for total ban

THE Government, without exceptions, should stop all foreigners coming into the country if it is to prevent the coronavirus from reaching our shores. That’s the view of the Solomon Islands Medication Association (SIMA) in a position statement issued on Tuesday. The Government over the weekend imposed a ban on all foreign nationals from entering Solomon…

COURT ACTS ON COVID-19

Chief Justice imposes new measures By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN   THE Judiciary has taken urgent practical steps as of yesterday to keep judges, magistrates, staff litigants, practitioners, accused and public court users safe from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer said the judiciary is also taking steps to protect its staff, court users, lawyers,…