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The Solomon Islands introduced they’ve misplaced the battle to remain freed from the coronavirus, leaving simply 9 small, distant territories that haven’t reported a single case.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare instructed the Pacific island nation in a televised tackle {that a} scholar who just lately arrived from the Philippines on a repatriation flight carrying 96 passengers had returned a optimistic take a look at.

“It pains me to say that we now have misplaced our COVID-19-free standing regardless of our collective effort to forestall the pandemic from coming into our nation,” Sogavare mentioned Saturday.

He urged the inhabitants of 600,000 within the archipelago to stay calm and mentioned contact tracing and different measures to forestall the unfold of the virus had been activated and there was no want for a lockdown.

The , who examined adverse 3 times within the Philippines earlier than boarding the flight, was discovered optimistic in a routine take a look at on return to the capital Honiara and is now in isolation.

Eighteen different college students who examined optimistic stay in quarantine in Manila.

Because the Solomons borders have been closed in March, greater than 400 college students have been caught within the Philippines, which has been onerous hit by the virus.

Below strain from mother and father, Solomons officers organized three repatriation flights with the primary arriving final Tuesday.

Regardless of confirming its first case of COVID-19, Sogavare mentioned the federal government would proceed working to convey the remaining college students residence.

Solely the small and distant island nations and territories of Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are believed to be nonetheless freed from the virus.

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