BY ALEX DADAMU
Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on the country to pray for the safe arrival of students who will be arriving at around 5 pm today from the Philippines repatriation flight.
The Prime Minister in his weekly nationwide address yesterday, said the government is prepared to deal with any circumstances of COVID-19 with the support of all Solomon Islanders.
According to Prime Minister Sogavare, the number of local students being tested positive for COVID-19 has risen to 18 as another 4 locals have been tested positive.
A statement from the National Disaster Council (NDC) stated that all returning students have completed 3 sets of COVID-19 tests prior to boarding the flight and those who are being tested negative in all 3 tests will be eligible to board the flight.
According to Solomon Airlines, the Solomon Airlines Airbus A320 has left Honiara at 10am has yesterday for Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila.
On arrival, the NDC has revealed that the returning students will be accommodated at the government managed Quarantine Stations at Guadalcanal Beach Resort and Chengs Building both located in East Honiara.
Meanwhile, Solomon Islands remains COVID-19 free and according to Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, the government remains committed to implementing strict measures to prevent the importation and potential spread of COVID-19 within Solomon Islands borders.