BY MAVIS N PODOKOLO
THE Solomon student in the Philippines who had covid, then recovered, and got re-infected with covid-19 has tested negative.
The student had covid-19 while in the Philippines. He later recovered and passed tests with negative results before being repatriated back to the Solomons.
However, he tested positive for covid upon arrival here and was isolated. He now enjoys a covid-free status having tested negative after isolation.
This was confirmed in the Situation Report No 26 issued by the National Health Emergency Operation Center (NHEOC)
“One of the students that arrived from the Philippines and was positive from COVID-19 while in the Philippines and turned negative for almost two months before his repatriation, reactivated after arrival to be transiently positive and has now turned negative again.
The person was previously positive for COVID-19 in the Philippines in September 2020 so cannot so cannot be considered as a new case. His subsequent tests results have turned negative,” the report said.
The report mentioned that Under international protocol, this case had been recorded against the Philippines, and therefore it does not increase the number of recorded positive COVID-19 cases in the country.
“This is the reason our domestic cases remain at 17 cases registered against Solomon Islands. To date out of the 17 registered positive cases, only 2 remain active. All others have returned to negative,” the report said.
Further to that the situation report said as of 3rd of January 2021, the COVID-19 Central Field Hospital received its first group of occupants.
“Central Field Hospital formerly known as the Multi-Purpose Hall on the 3rd of January. 1 from the NRH isolation and two from the Acer quarantine station. One of them has now tested negative thus leaving only two of the three in the Central Field Hospital still positive.
All remain asymptomatic. Following the transfer of positive cases to the Central Field Hospital, the NRH Isolation wards 1 and 2 are now empty and will undergo routine maintenance and urgent upgrades to ensure workflow meets IPC requirements. It will also ensure that work on the previous TB ward can start to make an isolation unit in the hospital,” the report said.
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare when delivering his national address on Monday also reiterated that this student had arrived from the Philippines and who was tested positive for COVID-19 while in the Philippines detected negative for two months before his repatriation has reactivated after arrival and has now turned negative.
Sogavare said that this case does not increase the country’s count as it was recorded against the Philippines under international protocols.
He adds a very small proportion of infected people that had become negative, can reactivate.