We remain COVID-19 free: PM

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THERE are no new COVID-19 cases in the country.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare in his nation-wide address this week said the country maintained its ‘COVID-free status’.

“Since my last update, there are no additional cases detected. Our official figure remains at 20 cases,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare said the 20th COVID-19 case has now returned two consecutive negative tests and had been transferred to a step-down facility pending his next test.

The Prime Minister said if he returns a third negative test next week, a decision will then be made on his release from quarantine.

“Our 19th COVID-19 case had been released from quarantine last week following the 3-consecutive negative tests,” he said.

However, the Prime Minister said the 19th case will be followed up by the health team over the next 90 days.

“Our protocol requires us to follow-up all former positive cases in the 90-day period following their release from quarantine,” he said.

The Prime Minister also thanked both the 19th and 20th case for their cooperation and patience.