Robert Iroga of Honiara
A team of four experts from China arrived in Honiara for on-site feasibility studies of two projects in the case of the covid-19 surge in the Solomon Islands.
Experts are here at the government’s invitation for research on national referral hospitals and new aquatic plant upgrades.
They arrived as Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavale gave a national speech Over the weekend, he said there were 2790 infections in the country.
According to Sogavale, this is within 20 days of the first virus infection in the country, RNZ Pacific reports.
He said health officials had identified 430 cases on Friday alone.
Sogavale has officially killed 32 people, but other deaths are believed to have occurred at home.
The prime minister said cases have been reported in all but three states and the infection is now widespread in the capital Honiara.
Many of the local blockades that had been in place have been lifted, but the curfew from 6 pm to 6 am will continue to be enforced.
Travel from Honiara is not permitted.
The prime minister repeatedly called on people to be vaccinated.
Boosting bilateral relations
A team of Chinese experts arrived, stating in a statement: “We hope that our arrival will help strengthen infrastructure construction in the Solomon Islands, improve medical conditions and livelihoods, and support the development of bilateral relations.”
The team, which adheres to the Solomon Islands quarantine procedures, said its arrival, work, and sustainability will facilitate national pandemic response work and improve the public health environment and infrastructure.
In the spirit of “Umi Togeta vs. covid-19”, the team vowed to do their best in the fight against the Solomon Islands pandemic.
“Our team will work hard with our friends in the Solomon Islands, face difficulties and dangers, work hard, and in the near future, with the latest diagnostics with the advanced technology of the Solomon Islands with the latest construction technology. We will build a place of treatment, “the team added.
Robert Iroga is the editor of SB Online. Reissued with permission.