Auki passengers to be swabbed before boarding

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EMERGENCY Operation Centre for covid-19 at Kilu’ufi hospital has arranged a RAT swabbing test at Auki wharf for passengers boarding MV Taimareho on her return trip to Honiara.    

Chairman of EOC Malaita, Dr Rex Maukera told the paper this yesterday.

He said arrangement was made for people to travel onboard Taimareho on her return trip to test for their status prior to boarding the ship.

Adding that only those with negative status and with vaccination cards will board the vessel.

Maukera said also pointed out that the current trip is a repatriation one and only stranded government officers are allowed to board the vessel back to Honiara

He said they will monitor all measures imposed to ensure the ship is covid-19 free and appealed to people for cooperation.   

Taimareho arrived on Monday night in Auki and was the first passenger boat to travel the Auki-Honiara route after restriction imposed on vessels due to the current situation.

Auki town is also expecting MV Pelican Express today.

In a recent interview with chairman of PDOC, Inspector Charles Eddie Koto said at the moment they are looking only at repatriation boats to the province.

He said as the situation is easing, shipping services will slowly back to their normal services.