22 Apr 2020

Solomon Islands final suspected Covid-19 cases cleared

8:44 am on 22 April 2020

The final two tests for people suspected of having Covid-19 in Solomon Islands have come back negative.

The Ministry of Health has announced the outcome saying all 13 suspected cases in the country have now been cleared and the government's strategy remains focussed on prevention.

Yesterday the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare visited the country's main hospital where he thanked frontline medical workers for their dedication and service.

Earlier Mr Sogavare announced that Solomon Islands would soon have the capability to carry out in-country-testing, which is one of the biggest gaps in its Covid-19 preparedness.

The prime minister said this was thanks to the support of donor partners particularly Australia, New Zealand and China who had donated the medical and personal protective equipment required.