BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
The Minister of Health and Medical Services has announced the fourth COVID-19 case for Solomon Islands after fourth round of test was conducted in the past days taken the latest COVID-19 cases to four.
Informing the nation this afternoon, Hon Dr Culwick Togamana announced that the country had diagnosed one other student with COVID-19 and also announced that the first three students have now tested negative.
He said the fourth student was earlier admitted to the Isolation Unit of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) with COVID-19 symptoms and had tested negative three times.
“Fellow citizens, it is also my duty to inform you that we have diagnosed one other student with COVID-19.
“This Student was earlier admitted to the Isolation Unit of the NRH with COVID-19 symptoms.
“He had tested negative 3 times already and was only picked up on the fourth round of testing. He was a close contact of the second positive case who is now negative and is now at the isolation unit at the NRH.
“This latest diagnosed has taken the figure to four in the latest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, however the first three students have now turned negative,” Minister Togamana announced.
He continues to say that they are confident that they have contained the COVID-19 infection from the students.
With all this, he said they are reviewing the dates that they can release the students from the quarantine and isolation stations to their respective homes.
“The diagnoses of COVID-19 has introduced an additional elements of risk that we must ensure is fully addressed to prevent any risk of potential transmission to the public.
“We are confident we have contained the COVID-19 infection from these students.
“This government remains committed and vigilant in our fight against COVID-19. Our mission is to contain and to eliminate COVID-19 from our shores.
“We will provide details on the new release dates for all students including those that tested positive as soon as full assessment is completed,” He said.