Health Minister, Hon. Dickson Mua is encouraging Solomon Islanders not to panic. Speaking to Solomon Times Online, Mua said people should not panic but must try to remain calm.

He said social media administrators should also be mindful and try as much as possible be supportive of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) in their work to keep the people informed.

Mua said persons under home quarantine should also contact the monitoring team on numbers provided should they feel unwell.

“The nurses in the clinics are not well prepared to deal with suspected cases so home quarantine individuals should call the numbers provided to them upon arrival”, Mua said.

He said currently, individuals arriving in Honiara from affected countries are no longer home quarantined but directed to stay in any of the four sites allocated for quarantine.

The public is reminded that COVID-19 is spread through droplets from an infected person via cough and sneezing. The Ministry of Health urges people to continue practicing health hygiene practices such as covering of mouth when coughing and sneezing and to stay away from crowded areas and to keep social distance at least 1 meter apart.

The free toll number for the MHMS is 115.

The Prime Minister will address the country on the national broadcaster SIBC 3pm this afternoon. It is understood several regulations relating to the current State of Emergency will be announced by the Prime Minister during his address.