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Solomons' health service deployed as hundreds of covid cases detected

An outbreak of Covid-19 has been declared for Temotu Province in Solomon Islands, with more than 400 cases reported in the nine days to Tuesday morning.


The Solomon Times reports that in response, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has deployed a team of medical and public health workers to the province.


The deployment is in response to a request from the provincial Health Service based on the increasing number of cases, critical staff shortages and other gaps in its response to Covid-19 community transmission.


World Health Organisation Representative to Solomon Islands, Howard Sobel, said the WHO is committed to supporting the outbreak response and ensuring the health system in Temotu is not overwhelmed.


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