RISK OF VIRUS SPREADING IS LOW: RODGERS

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RISK of the coronavirus spreading out to the communities is very low, says Secretary to Prime Minister Dr Jimmy Rodgers.

His observation, he said, was based on the assessment conducted in the quarantine centers in Honiara after the country recorded two covid-19 cases, where the patients are now isolated at the National Referral Hospital.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Dr Rodgers said firstly there are low risks for front line workers because they use personal protective equipment like masks.

As such, he said there is low risk for the virus to spread to the community but maybe in the quarantine centers.

Furthermore, Dr Rodgers said third tests have completed on Tuesday and results are expected last night or today.

Incident Controller, Dr Nemia Bainivalu said for high risk countries, occupants will undergo four tests.

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The first test is carried out within 48 hours, followed by second test between five days to 10 days, third test between 12 days to 14 days and final test between 19 days and 21 days.

Dr Bainivalu said monitoring was done on daily basis after the second case was confirmed over the weekend.

He said they found some contact tracing, possible some interaction in Philippines, during flight and contact in quarantine center.
As such, he said they identified possible mixing, therefore there are some contacts.

Currently, there are seven patients at NRH, where two have positive cases, four negatives and one under investigation after admitted upon arrival.

Medical Superintendent, Dr John Hue said the isolation centers are out of bound from public.

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