BY ALEX DADAMU
By Saturday, 12th December, a total of approximately 557 Nationals are expected into the country when the four (4) Government arranged repatriation flights is completed.
According to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his address on Wednesday, the number of people will puts a lot of pressure on other areas in our health response to COVID-19.
He said, it is expected that public health surveillance teams will have to collect 736 swabs during the next 7 days.
“The Molecular laboratory is expected to analyse these swabs to inform us of the COVID-19 status of each swab kin the next 7 days.
“We anticipate the same workload on swabs and laboratory analysis the following week,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
Meanwhile, Sogavare said after 12 December, the government will not undertake any further repatriation flights until 29th and 30th of December when there will be two flights to bring Solomon Islands graduating students in from Fiji.
“The 3rd repatriation flight to Fiji will be on 9 January 2021.
“We will also have another repatriation flight from Brisbane and Auckland on 17 January 2021.
However, Prime Minister Sogavare clarifies that the timing of these flights is aligned to the availability of quarantine beds at the quarantine stations.