22 Jun 2020

Trio detained after sailing from New Caledonia to Solomons

4:28 pm on 22 June 2020

Three people have been detained and quarantined in Solomon Islands after sailing to Honiara on a yacht from New Caledonia.

Honiara port, ships, boats, containers - Solomon Islands, bay

Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins

The three were reported to authorities after entering the Point Cruz yacht club on Friday.

Police initially detained the three sailors onboard their vessel for breaking rules banning the entry of yachts into the Solomons.

They were later taken to the National Referral Hospital where they tested negative for Covid-19.

The Solomon Star newspaper reported the three were due to be taken to Honiara Hotel to undergo quarantine for 14 days

The government is advising people who were at the yacht club on Friday not to panic but to monitor themselves for symptoms.

New Caledonia has had 21 cases of Covid and the Solomons none.

Meanwhile, 174 Solomon Islanders repatriated from Australia, Vanuatu and Fiji were released from quarantine last week after 14 days.

Another repatriation flight is expected at the end of the month.

Seven locals reportedly remain in quarantine in Honiara, four fishing observers and three people repatriated from Papua New Guinea last week.

Two people thought to be Bougainvillians have been quantined in Gizo after being arrested at the border, which remains closed.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the government was considering opening another quarantine facility at the western border.