No illegal entry from western border since Christmas period

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

No illegal entry had been reported since the Christmas Period along the declared emergency zone in the western border as well as in Choiseul province.

This is according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during his nationwide address this week, saying that a breach of the State of Public Emergency was however reported and responded to at the Noro International Seaport involving a crew from a logging ship who disembarked the ship and went into the Noro Township market.

Despite their being little risk of Coronavirus (Covid-19) transmission, the vessel was detained and only released following the owner’s and agent’s compliance with the country’s legal requirements said Mr Sogavare.

“Work is also progressing on the refurbishment of staff houses for health workers in the three clinics along the border catchment area. This work is expected to be completed by the end of this month. All 3 clinics will soon be fully operational and contribute significantly to the overall COVID-19 operations along the border with Bougainville.

“Fellow citizens in Choiseul, Western province, and Malaita Outer Islands, please continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious movements or illegal entries along our western borders to nearest police or health authorities or call health toll free line 115 or police toll free line 999,” said Sogavare.


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