PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare today has announced five new COVID-19 cases in the country.
Speaking during his nationwide address today, the Prime Minister said four of the new cases are from our returning soccer players.
He said the fifth case is from a passenger from Korea that also travelled on the Auckland flight.
“Out of the 16 players who returned from UK, eight are positive cases,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the five new cases now brings the total number of cases from the flight from Auckland on 25th October to nine.
“So the total number of cases registered in Solomon Islands now is 13, of which the first four that were linked to the Philippines have since become negative,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the four initial cases from the Philippines although now negative will be closely monitored and undergo further tests.
He said they should be released once they satisfy all the testing protocols.
Prime Minister Sogavare said daily health monitoring is continuing for all our quarantined passengers.
“Swabbing and further tests are also underway as part of our testing protocols,” he said.
The Prime Minister assured the country that all cases have been contained within the isolation stations as community transmission remains low.