My Fellow Solomon Islanders,
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) first emerged in China in 2019. The spread of the Virus continued into 2020 and on 30th January, 2020, the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (“the PHEIC Declaration”).
The PHEIC Declaration triggered the Solomon Islands Government to introduce Regulations under the Immigration Act 2012 known as the Immigration (Amendment) Regulation 2020 which was intended to restrict entry of persons into Solomon Islands.
However, as you are well aware, the spread of COVID-19 was not contained and COVID-19 continued to spread to other countries and this resulted in the increase of mortality rates caused by COVID-19 worldwide.
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