Fellow Solomon Islanders,
Yesterday the Governor General, acting on the advice of the Cabinet made a proclamation pursuant to section 16 (2) of the Constitution that a state of public emergency now exists for Solomon Islands.
This was in response to the escalation of COVID-19 around the world and the imminent threat that it poses to us as a small and vulnerable economy.
The policy rationale is clear. It is the considered view of the cabinet that considering our lack of capacity to deal effectively with a fully blown out spread of the virus, our efforts must be focused firstly in protecting the country from the entrance of this serious threat to our national security, and secondly, to control the spread of the virus if it slipped through.
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