It was a sad day for us: PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare said it was indeed a sad day for the country that six of our students in Philippines have been tested positive for COVID-19.

The Prime Minister highlighted this during his nation-wide address today.

“It was with a heavy heart when I announced yesterday that six of our students studying in Philippines tested positive for COVID-19. That was indeed a sad day for us all,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare said he is encouraged and comforted by the fact that our students were asymptomatic and were not sick.

He said health officials have been in contact with these students and have informed that they are doing fine.

“I know it is easier said than done but we must remain positive and have trust and faith in God,” he said.

The Prime Minister said despite this, the Government will continue to work hard to keep our people and country safe from COVID-19.

“We will also make sure that our students in Philippines are brought home safely. I understand the apprehension of some people but we must also consider the anxiety of the parents of our students as well,” he said.

Prime Minister Sogavare said the Government has met with the parents of the students studying in Philippines today and have reached an understanding.

The Prime Minister said parents have acknowledged Government efforts.

“I want to thank those parents who attended today’s meeting for your understanding and patience. The Government is closely monitoring the situation and will do everything possible to keep our students in Philippines safe and bring them home,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister has encouraged everyone to continue to pray for our students in Philippines and their families. “I pray for our Father in Heaven to protect and give them strength and courage in the face of such great adversity. My Government will do everything possible to bring our students in Philippines home safely,” he said.