West steps up COVID-19 preparedness

THE Western Province is stepping up efforts in its preparedness strategy to tackle COVID-19 which will see the closure of shops within central areas in the province during the weekend. All commercial houses and shops in Gizo, Ringgi, Noro, Munda, and Seghe that regularly operate during weekends will now be expected to only open half…

$2.5M FOR COVID-19

THE Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has formally handed over $2.5million (US300k) in a donation to support the country prepare for the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Foreign Affairs and External Trade Minister Jeremiah Manele yesterday received the funding support of US$300,000 (SBD2.5m) from Counsellor Yao Ming of the Peoples Republic of China Embassy in Honiara. The…

Repatriation fuels food shortage 

THE on-going repatriation exercise undertaken by the national government in its efforts to prevent, mitigate and possibly contain the spread of COVID-19 to the rural areas has put extra pressure on families to feed their relatives. Davidson Sepo of Kolofe village in North Malaita said that the heavy influx of relatives has resulted in food…

Makira to set up isolation centre

MAKIRA-ULAWA Province will set up its isolation centre at Waimapuru National Secondary School as part of its coronavirus preparedness exercise. Premier Julian Maka’a announced this at provincial capital Kirakira, Monday during the launch of the province’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) Awareness Program. Maka’a said his Government had agreed to set up the Quarantine and Isolation Centre at…

Police officers accused of acting unlawfully

SOME members of the Central Response Unit (CRU) at the Central Police Station enforcing the weekend curfew have been accused of entering family homes at Kukum and removed betel nut bags and taking cash. The families affected have questioned whether the emergency powers allowed police to enter family homes and remove their belongings. “They not…

$2.5B GAMES DEAL 

The Solomon Islands Government and Peoples Republic of China (PRC) have signed letters of exchange to fund the 2023 Pacific Games infrastructures worth SBD$2.5 billion.  The signing ceremony was witnessed by top government officials and the officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Wednesday, at the Prime Minister’s Office.  Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister for…