Coronavirus: China asks Solomon Islands to ease travel restrictions

8:56 am on 6 March 2020

The Head of the Chinese Embassy Taskforce in Solomon Islands wants the government there to ease the travel restriction to allow their diplomats to travel to the country.

Solomon Island and China flags together

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The travel ban was placed in early February after Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Yao Ming said he was worried the travel restriction had caused setbacks for them.

Mr Yao said he had met with the Foreign Affairs Minister and other officials to express his concern.

The Solomon Star reports he hoped for the ban to be eased.

Mr Yao claimed it was in the best interests of Solomon Islands to ease the ban because if the current status continued the local economy would be greatly affected as would preparations for the 2023 Pacific Games.

A Chinese embassy office is also due to be opened in Honiara soon.

A travel restriction is in force for travellers from China and other countries with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

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