COVID-19 Not a Game: Dishonest Repatriates to Face Consequence

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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

BY ALEX DADAMU

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has vented out his displeasure at repatriates who arrived on Sunday night, four of whom were tested positive.

Prime Minister Sogavare when speaking today to announce 4 new positive COVID-19 cases, stated that it is sad that the COVID-19 infection has been brought into the country as a result of the carelessness and dishonesty of those who brought it in.

Sogavare added those who knowingly lie, will face the consequences of their actions, which has put the country at risk – after they serve the mandatory quarantine periods.

“To all citizens still overseas, in particular, to those still waiting in the Philippines and the United Kingdom. I am very sad to say that the COVID-19 infection has been brought into our country as a result of the carelessness and dishonesty of those who brought it in.

“To those of you waiting to come home. I ask you to think of the safety of your families and your country and do the right thing. Be truthful in your answers to the risk assessment forms that you will fill before you return.

“Be assured, we will discover any information that is not truthful,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.

He further warned that anyone that is discovered to engage in this manner will not be repatriated by the government, they will be left to fend for themselves.

“As prime minister, I cannot allow this detestable attitude to continue, COVID-19 is not a game, it is a serious disease.

“Anyone that is discovered to engage in this manner will not be repatriated by the government, they will be left to fend for themselves. It is the solemn duty of every Solomon Islander returning home to protect this country that has simply means tell the truth to the questions in our risk assessment forms,” Sogavare warned.

Meanwhile, the four new COVID-19 cases have been immediately isolated at the National referral hospital following the red flag early yesterday morning.

According to Prime Minister Sogavare, all other passengers that came in on the flight had been swapped.

Prime Minister Sogavare said all passengers considered to be on higher risk will be swapped again on days five and six after the arrival for the second round of tests, while the rest will be swapped between days five and 10 as per current protocol.

“It is at this second test run that we might expect to pick up possible positives due to the context in the flight,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.