Economy

“The global and domestic measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are severely affecting the Solomon Islands’ economy, through their impact on commodities exports, tourism, and domestic activity," said Mr. Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director and Chair.

IMF Disburse US$28.5 Million to Solomon Islands to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today approved a disbursement to the Central Bank of Solomon Islands for an amount of SDR 20.8 million (about US$28.5 million, 100 percent of quota).
Chief Ludovick Kaulake says one of the main outcomes of the meeting is the suspension of some of its yearly social and cultural activities.

Tamboko Community Serious About Social-distancing Measures

Leaders in Tamboko are serious about social distancing, so serious that they are looking at limiting all public gatherings and social activities held in their community.
He says the specialised cartridges have been developed specifically for COVID-19, but it can be used in existing TB GeneXpert testing machines.

TB GeneXpert Machine Could Pave Way for COVID-19 Testing in Gizo

As part of their emergency response plans, Gizo health authorities are proposing that the Tuberculosis (TB) GeneXpert machine in Gizo hospital be used to test for COVID-19.
Suspicious Death of Foreign National Investigated

Suspicious Death of Foreign National Investigated

The National Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) is investigating the suspicious death of a 71-year-old Australian national whose body was discovered on his yacht anchored at the Mbokona Bay in Honiara on 29 May 2020.
"A preliminary breath test was conducted and it was discovered the officer had no presence of alcohol in his blood."

Police Investigates Traffic Accident Involving Officers

Officers of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) at the National Traffic Department is investigating a traffic incident involving a police officer in a police vehicle at the East Kola Ridge junction in Honiara on 28 May 2020.