Economy Archive April 2022

“There is evidence that the Omicron BA 2 variant was in circulation on April 6 and is now the primary driver of the COVID-19 situation in Honiara,” the Health Minister says.

Omicron BA.2: Second Wave Variant Confirmed

Health Minister, Dr. Culwick Togamana, has confirmed that the second wave of COVID-19 in Honiara is being driven by a new variant, identified as Omicron BA.2.
The Avuavu New Health Facility is an SBD$16 million dollars’ project funded by the Korean Government (KOICA) through the World Health Organization.

New Health Clinic Boosts Health Services in Avuavu

As of Tuesday, this week, around 4000 people in Avuavu area in Guadalcanal province and about 7000 more people in surrounding wards and communities will greatly benefit from an improved and expanded range of health services from the newly opened Area Health Centre (AHC).
The delivery of the Pfizer vaccines was made possible by the partnership and collaboration between Australia, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

Australia Delivers Additional 150,930 Pfizer Vaccines

Australia’s High Commissioner, Dr Lachlan Strahan, handed over 150,930 Pfizer vaccines in partnership with UNICEF and a new truck to the National Medical Stores yesterday.
He says that based on initial reports the young girl went missing on Wednesday 6 April 2022, and a search was conducted for the past three weeks with no results.

Police Search for Clues Over Brutal Killing of 21-Year-Old Girl

Police in Seghe and Gizo in the Western Province are investigating the brutal killing of 21-year-old female person whose body was found at Ambu Village in West Marovo Lagoon on 25 April 2022.
These financing comes under the International Development Association or IDA through the World Bank Group.

Government Concludes Talks with World Bank on Infrastructure Projects

Major aviation, road and bridge investments will soon commence as the Government, through its key Ministries including Ministry of Finance and Treasury, the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA) and the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID) and the World Bank Group Team agreed on the terms and conditions of a Financing Agreement.
He says that his Ministry will confirm the number of confirmed cases since some people have had to be tested on both the rapid test and the PCR, which may raise the registered positive cases artificially.

Health Says 604 Tested Positive for COVID-19

The country has recorded an additional 604 positive tests for COVID-19 in the past 48 hours, bringing the total cumulative number of positive COVID-19 tests to 14,786.
Japan's Honourable Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Uesugi Kentaro during his visit to Hells Point, East of Honiara.

Japan Delegation Visits EOD Team at RSIPF

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) met with the Japan Honourable Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Uesugi Kentaro and the Japanese delegation upon their visit to Hells Point yesterday.
PTI Australia’s Trade and Investment Commissioner, Caleb Jarvis, noted the ongoing impact of the pandemic on the Pacific, and the organisation’s work to continue supporting the private sector through and beyond the crisis.

PTI Australia Facilitates Over AUD$1m in Solomon Islands Export Deals in 2021

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Australia, an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, has launched its 2021 Annual Report, highlighting more than A$27 million in export deals and a record seventeen investment deals facilitated in the region, despite the challenging environment.
Based on the current clinical picture that health experts are seeing, symptoms are consistent with Omicron. Samples have been sent overseas for genome sequencing and will be known this week.

1,226 New COVID-19 Cases in Second Wave

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) has recorded another 1,226 new COVID-19 cases over the past 72 hours, bringing total case count to 14,182.
He says samples have been sent to Australia for genome sequencing to determine the variant, with all likelihood pointing to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

Second Wave Underway: 229 COVID-19 Cases Recorded in Honiara

Honiara is now experiencing its second wave of COVID-19, with 229 positive cases recorded in the past 48 hours.
“We will keep the Prime Minister’s promise in Parliament to the people of this country that the agreement will be made public and we will continue to push for it to be released. If bilateral security treaties with our other partners can be posted on the website for transparency purposes, then why not that of China?” he questioned.

Matters of National Security Should Not Be Kept Secret: Wale

Opposition Leader Hon Matthew Wale says it is unfortunate that the security pact with China had to be secretly signed and was only made known through officials in Beijing.
Health Minister Togamana urges all Solomon Islanders to continue to abide by the measures imposed by the health ministry.

Resurgence of COVID-19 Cases in Honiara

There is a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Honiara. Health Minister, Dr. Culwick Togamana confirmed this in his national statement before the Easter weekend. He said positive cases are detected for both domestic arrivals from the provinces and pre-departures from Honiara.
Australia’s support for regular and reliable commercial air connectivity also contributes to Solomon Islands’ economic recovery.

Additional International Flight Introduced by Solomon Airlines With Support From Australia

Solomon Airlines will move a step closer to rebuilding the airline’s international schedule with the introduction of a second weekly service between Brisbane and Honiara available on Wednesdays.
Director Dekyi said those chemicals are very dangerous and if not careful, they can burn human skin, cause damage to the respiratory systems and cause lung cancer.

Fire Service Remove Dangerous Chemicals

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Fire Services Department supported other government agencies to remove dangerous chemicals stored at the old Taiwanese farm, east of Honiara this week.
Solomon Breweries has been in operations in Solomon Islands since 1993 and the brewer of iconic local brands SolBrew Lager, Canoe Classic and SB.

Solbrew Shares Best Practise With Customers

Solomon Breweries recently kicked off an initiative to share their COVID-19 best practices with their customers which includes sharing tips, providing information posters, sanitisers and masks for the outlets.
Globally, the recovery rate is often calculated by considering the total number of discharged patients with the total COVID-19 positive patients

90% of Positive COVID-19 Cases Have Recovered

The Minister of Health Dr Culwick Togamana says that based on data available, 90% of all persons who tested positive have recovered.
There are now only 2 COVID-19 patients at the National Referral Hospital (NRH), which represents 1 percent of total admissions at the NRH.

COVID-19 Update: 149 New Cases Recorded

The country has recorded 149 new COVID-19 cases over the past 48 hours. Health Minister Dr Culwick Togamana gave the update during his COVID-19 situation update on the national broadcaster, SIBC.
The capital city Honiara has seen roads flooded on Friday after heavy downpour.

Heavy Rain Warning Active for Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands Meteorological services (METS) has issued a heavy rain warning for most of the provinces as of 7am today morning.
One of the greenest ships in the fleet, Spey has also worked with regional partners to carry out environmental and hydrographic surveys as well as water sampling to aid studies on climate change.

UK Royal Navy Patrol Vessel Will Transit Through Solomon Islands Today

Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Spey, one of the Royal Navy’s most modern ships, will transit Solomon Islands territorial waters, including close to the capital, Honiara, on 4th and 5th April as part of its first tour of the South Pacific.
Solomon Airlines has also announced an additional Honiara to Brisbane flight on 7 April available to Australia-bound passengers. Flight IE700 will depart Honiara at 5.00pm, arriving in Brisbane at 7.15pm.

Solomon Airlines Says Nadi to Honiara Flight Rescheduled to 7 April

Solomon Airlines has confirmed its planned repatriation flight from Fiji has been rescheduled to the new departure date of 7th April subject to Government approval, allowing more time to accommodate travelers seeking to return to Solomon Islands.