BY SAMIE WAIKORI
A CALL was issued on Monday for the traveling public on Malaita to scale down their movement in and out of the provincial capital, Auki.
Malaita Provincial Disaster Operation Centre (PDOC) through the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for COVID-19 at Kilu’ufi hospital made the call as it is conducting contact tracing on the five positive cases reported for the township.
Chairman of EOC, Director of Malaita Provincial Health Authority, Dr. Rex Maukera relayed the call in an interview with Island Sun yesterday.
“I call on vehicle owners who are serving public transport to Auki via the north, south, east, and interior roads of Central Kwara’ae to temporarily defer their service until further advice.
“This is to limit movement of people to and out of Auki to carry out contact tracing and to avoid the spread of the virus to communities in the province since the virus is already in Auki,” he said.
Maukera also called on the public in Auki to limit movement within the township.
He said they need public support to try and curb the current infections in Auki and avoid further community transmission.
On that note, Maukera said there will be no lockdown for Auki as rumored; however, activities were only advised to scale down operations.
He said essential activities will continue to operate, however, it is advisable that strict covid-19 measures must be adhered to.
Maukera said they continue to monitor the current situation and should there be queries or threats on the situation, it should be reported to the EOC through telephone: 40128.