17 Sep 2020

More Solomon Islands students contract Covid-19 in the Philippines

12:51 pm on 17 September 2020

Six more Solomon Island students have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Philippines.

Hands in medical gloves holding COVID-19 swab. Test tube for taking patient sample, PCR DNA testing protocol process. Nasal swab laboratory test in hospital lab.

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Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said this now brought to 12 the number of students who had contracted the coronavirus there.

All had been asymptomatic.

The latest six are from a group of 144 students scheduled to be on one of two repatriation flights next week.

They had undergone the first of three tests before the flight.

The Solomon Star newspaper reported the results were received by the government on Tuesday.

Sogavare said students who had tested negative were staying in two hotels while waiting for repatriation flights on 27 and 29 September.

Over 300 students from the Solomons have been studying in the Philippines.

There have been over 200,000 cases of the Coronavirus there while Solomon Islands have no confirmed cases.