BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
THE Solomon Islands Government has assured its citizens that they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and provide timely information to its people at all costs.
In a national address yesterday, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare strongly calls on the general public not to spread and listen to rumours that might cause unnecessary panic and painting bad names for the repatriated students.
He also urged all media platforms and outlets and social media platforms to respect the rights and privacy of the students and the frontline workers.
“Fellow citizens, the government will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide timely information and advice to our people.
“I request that all our media platforms and outlets respect the rights and privacy of our students and our frontline workers.
“I echo the plea by our students to social media platforms please respect and report all effects, Prime Minister Sogavare assured.
With these assurances, he further added that spreading false rumours is an offense under the emergency powers COVID-19 number three regulations 2020.
It is evident that last week, there were reports that alleged that the first COVID-19 patient at the isolation ward had breached isolation protocols and went to chew betel-nut along the betel nuts stalls outside the ward.
From an investigation carried out following the incident, the patient not at any time stepped outside the isolation ward since arriving at the National Referral Hospital.
“The operation centre had investigated this claims and would like to inform the public that the patient at the National referral hospital isolation ward has not at any time stepped outside the isolation ward since arriving at the National referral hospital and he has been very cooperative.
“It is important for the public to note that spreading of false rumours is an offense under the emergency powers COVID-19 number three regulations 2020.
“On this note, I kindly request members of the public not to spread false rumours or speculations as these might cause unnecessary panic, fear, and anxiety,” Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said.