Solomon Islands Cabinet approves 36 hour lock-down for Honiara emergency zone


Due to the surge of the deadly COVID-19 delta variant strain globally and in Solomon Islands neighbouring countries, the need to test and sharpen its preparation and response plans is pertinent in preparation for limited re-opening of flights.

Cabinet has approved the trial of the revised lock-down plan for the Honiara Emergency Zone through a 36-hour lockdown from 6pm on Sunday 29 August to 6am Tuesday 31 August 2021.

The Government through the National Disaster Council (NDC) says the lock-down plan was recently reviewed to take into account lessons from the lockdown last year and the delta variant. The review was done by the National Disaster Operations Committee along with stakeholders and donor partners.

“It is vital to maintain operational alertness and sharpen the response capabilities of our frontline agencies as we continue to manage COVID-19 as well as should there be community transmission,” the NDC said in a statement.