The country has recorded an additional 362 positive cases over the past 48 hours.

The update was made by the Health Minister, Dr. Culwick Togamana, during his COVID-19 situational report on the national broadcaster, SIBC.

The cumulative total cases of COVID-19 for the country now stands at 8,491.

Of the 362 positive cases 27 were detected in Honiara, 22 in Bellona, 22 in Malaita, 17 in Makira, 5 in Choiseul, 10 in Guadalcanal, 162 in Isabel, and 97 in Central.

The national referral hospital (NRH) in Honiara has not recorded any new COVID-19 admissions or deaths during this reporting period.

There are now only 11 COVID-19 patients still admitted at the NRH. 1 has been discharged and 1 transferred to a separate ward during this reporting period.

COVID-19 related deaths remain at 118, although investigations are being conducted for deaths that occurred in communities over the past 6 weeks, particularly during the peak of the outbreak.