BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare has assured the country this afternoon in his weekly nationwide address saying “the situation is under control”.
The nationwide address came two days after Solomon Islands lost its COVID-19 free status on Saturday 3rd October, when one of the students returning from the Philippines tested positive for the virus.
The news which spreads quickly and circulated on early Saturday morning by random individuals other than the Ministry of Health had caused a widespread panic and fear amongst the member of the public – rumours also had it that there would be a complete lockdown in the next few hours on that day.
However, in his nationwide address this afternoon, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the situation is under control and the COVID-19 patient is now at the isolation ward at the National Referral Hospital (NRH), without any sign of fever.
“Fellow Solomon Islanders, the first COVID-19 positive result was confirmed in the early morning hours of Saturday 3rd October 2020.
“Let me assure everyone that we have the situation under control,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.
In the meantime, the Philippine student who was tested positive for COVID-19 is now under close health observation at the National Referral Hospital isolation ward.
Minister of Health and Medical Services Dr Culwick Togamana also confirmed this afternoon in a special address that that first COVID-19 patient is still at the National Referral Hospital isolation ward and is being monitored by isolation doctors and nurses.
“The patient remains asymptomatic which means that although he had tested positive for COVID-19, he is not feeling sick or showing signs of symptoms like coughing and fever, the MHMS Minister said,” Dr Culwick Togamana said.