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Students to remain a bit longer in the Philippines

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FILE PHOTO: Solomon Airlines during one of its repatriation flights.
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Solomon Islands’ students in the Philippines who are waiting to fly home will have to remain there for a long little bit longer.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare yesterday announced the country’s second positive COVID-19 after one of the returning students from the Philippines was tested positive yesterday. Both cases are returning students from the Philippines. They are now in isolation at the National Referral Hospital (NRH).

In his public address yesterday, Sogavare said: “To our students still in Philippines this new development means you may have to remain there a little longer. However, rest assured your government will continue to look after your care and will bring you all home.”

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Meanwile Sogavare has appealed to the quarantine stations in Honiara that their focus is to ensure they are looked after and are all covid-19 free by the time “you all leave the quarantine stations.”

There are currently 311 students and dependents still in the Philippines following the first charted flight, which brought in 96 passengers.

Initially the next flight was to take place at the end of this month but with the latest announcement by the Prime Minister it maybe further delayed.

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