Relatives caught trying to send bodies home

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The Oversight Committee on COVID-19 says it is concerned that there are people in the Honiara Emergency Zone who are covertly sending bodies of deceased persons to their villages under cover of darkness.

In the last 24 hours, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force intervened two boats planning to leave Honiara to Malaita Province.

A government statement said the boats were expected to depart Honiara around 3am yesterday morning with the deceased accompanied by relatives.

It stated those persons doing such activities are putting their villagers and communities at risk.

“The Committee reiterates that the protocols in place are there to protect our communities.  

“Those in breach will be charged under the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.3) Regulations 2021 which carries a maximum penalty of $10,000.00 or five (5) years imprisonment or both.”


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