The Minister of Health and Medical services Dr Culwick Togamana says his Ministry will start conducting mass testing of the general population in Honiara.

“The Ministry will start COVID 19 mass testing and will start going to community to test you and advise you to self-isolate.

“We will start with high- risk zones. If you see more number of cases of cough and fever being reported from your communities, isolate yourself and inform 115 or 25256 and we will prioritize testing in your communities,” the Health Minister said.

“Do not panic we are all in this together and we must face this current situation together. Protect yourself stay at home, do not go out, vaccination teams will come to you so please get vaccinated.”

He is advising the public to stop spreading rumours, and to only pass on information or messages that is from the Ministry of Health and credible partners such as UNICEF and WHO.

The Health Minister says a total of 1,790 COVID-19 tests have been conducted since the outbreak last week, and expects the test numbers to rise as more samples come in from contact tracing.