Lockdown extended

CABINET has extended the current lockdown to 9am tomorrow morning (Sunday 30th January). Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare made the announcement just after 6.30pm this evening. Mr Sogavare said the current lockdown for the Honiara Emergency Zone is extended from 6pm this evening Saturday 29th January 2022 to 9am tomorrow morning Sunday 30th January 2022. “Now,…

Premier Suidani thank Malaita MPs

MALAITA Province premier has thanked Malaita Province Members of Parliament who support their people in light of a COVID-19 community transmission in the province. Speaking to Solomon Star today (Saturday 29th January) Premier Daniel Suidani said some Malaita MPs came out to distribute facemasks and other COVID-19 safety supplies to their constituents. Mr Suidani said…

Australian medical team arrives

AN Australian Medical Assistance Team (AUSMAT) touched down in Honiara today (Saturday 29th January) to bolster our capacity to respond to the current COVID-19 outbreak. A statement from the Australian High Commission in Honiara said the AUSMAT rapid assessment team are a multidisciplinary healthcare team deployed by the Australian Government in response to international disasters.…

WEST RECORDS 8 COVID-19 CASES

THE number of COVID-19 cases in Western Province has increased to eight. Western Province Health and Medical Services acting Director Dr Michael Buin confirmed this today (Saturday 29th January). Dr Buin said six new positive cases were detected from swabs collected from the crew members of MV Plus One, a vessel currently berthing in Gizo…

GIZO LIVELIHOOD IN ACTION

A GIZO Livelihood Sector team has been established in Western Province to assist in the distribution of food supplies to communities in Gizo during a lockdown or an emergency. Western Province Agriculture and Livelihood chief officer Sipuru Rove told Solomon Star Gizo today (Saturday 29th January) that his team already had the support of local…

Unloading of fuel halted in Gizo

A CARGO vessel unloading fuel and food supplies for Western Province yesterday was told to stop and berth off shore as frontliners imposed strict COVID-19 measures at the wharf and its surroundings. This was discussed during a meeting by Western Province Health and Medical Services (WPHMS) acting Director Dr Michael Buin with the Western Provincial…

GIZO HOSPITAL COVID-19 PREPARATION

THE Western Province Health and Medical Services (WPHMS) is proposing to allocate half of Gizo Hospital for COVID-19 patients. WPHMS acting Director Dr Michael Belande Buin informed a meeting with the Western Provincial Government, Provincial Emergency Oversight Committee (PEOC), the National Disaster Management (NDMO) Gizo Office, yesterday (Friday 28th January). Dr Buin said converting half…

RSIPF families get relief food supplies

THE Livelihood Sector Committee (LSC) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) has assisted 91 Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) families with much needed relief food supplies yesterday (Friday 28th January 2022). A statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock said these are families who are in “home isolation” after members of…

COVID-19 in Noro

CONCERNS are growing on the extent of the spread of COVID-19 in Noro, Western Province after two trainee nurses tested positive to COVID-19 yesterday. Western Province Health and Medical Services acting director (WPHMS) Dr Michael Belande Buin confirmed the results during a meeting with the Provincial Emergency Oversight Committee (PEOC), Premier of Western Province, Acting…