COVID-19 not a game: Repatriates Need to Realize the Gravity of the Situation

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    Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

    BY ALEX DADAMU

    THE recent increase in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country is a result of the behavior of few returnees – who seem not to realize the gravity of the situation. 

    Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his national address on Monday said the selfish behavior of the few citizens that opened the country to this unprecedented increase in numbers of COVID-19 cases was extremely disappointing. 

    My government will hold these people responsible for endangering our people and our country,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.

    He further revealed that the government is tightening up the pre-departure assessment form making it a ‘prescribed form’.

    This simply means that anyone who lies on the form, will be prosecuted after their release from quarantine stations.

    This Government has tried its best in good faith to bring our people back home but our very own people have not returned this good faith,” Prime Minister Sogavare said.

    With the recent announcement of three new COVID-19 cases, according to Prime Minister Sogavare, the country now have 11 confirmed COVID-19 positive cases from the flight that arrived on 25th October from Auckland.

    “10 of these are footballers and 1 from Korea. All these 11 cases are still positive,” Sogavare confirmed.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sogavare said contact tracing of the positive cases and their assessments have been completed and reassured all the public that the Government is committed to implementing appropriate and strict measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 into the communities.