By NEOC MEDIA
A total of 44 passengers are expected to disembark at Henderson Airport tarmac tomorrow morning, 3: 00 AM, from Brisbane on board the Solomon Airlines.
This also marks the 5th major batch of government coordinated repatriation of stranded nationals overseas and dozens of foreign nationals exempted by the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (OMPC).
All passengers are expected to wear facemasks throughout the flight and encouraged to have food and water prior to boarding.
Upon arrival at the tarmac, the passengers will undergo thermal screening and chaperoned to waiting vans heading straight to the 15 Government Operated and Diplomatic Quarantine Stations in Honiara.
Under the Emergency Powers COVID-19 Regulations 2020, returnees are subjected to in-country testing for by the Health Sector. They will undergo swab testing in the first 48 hours when settling in their quarantine rooms.
Currently, a total of 266 persons are half-way through to completion of their 14-days quarantine period. They are part of the batch of returnees repatriated last week. This flight will bring the total persons being quarantined to 310.
So far, the government has repatriated more than 500 persons from neighbouring countries; Australian, Vanuatu, Fiji and New Zealand whereby they undergo the mandatory quarantine period.
Coordinated repatriation facilitated by the COVID-19 Oversight Committee through government line of ministries will continue.
Our country remains COVID-19 FREE to date. The Government remains committed to implementing strict measures to prevent the importation and potential spread of COVID-19 within its borders.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Council (NDC) Arrangement remains the country’s response coordination mechanism for the pandemic.