BY ALEX DADAMU
PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare in a special nationwide address at 3 pm this afternoon has announced that a further 6 Solomon Islands’ students studying in the Philippines have been tested positive for COVID-19.
The 6 students who were tested positive were among 144 students who were booked for the second repatriation flight on September 29.
The latest announcement by the Prime Minister comes just days after the first 6 students were being tested positive and was announced on Sunday this week.
In a nationwide address today, Prime Minister Sogavare revealed that more Solomon Islands’ students have been tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the number to 12.
With the number of COVID-19 positive cases now raises to 12 among the students in the Philippines, more individuals, organizations, parents, and relatives of the students and also the parliamentary Opposition group are pressurizing the Government to look at ways and alternatives which will bring back the students but keep COVID-19 out of the country.
According to PM Sogavare, the government has confirmed that it would be repatriating the 401 students and their dependents in three separate flights, two for this month which will be on 27, 29 September, and one for the end of next month on 27 October.
In the meantime, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said the Government is committed to bringing the students home safely.