SECRETARY to the Prime Minister (SPM) has cleared the air following criticisms regarding the government’s decision to allow a repatriation flight into China and return.

“Dr. Jimmy Rodgers made the clarification from concern members of the public during the weekly talk-back show yesterday over the national broadcaster.

“In response, he said China is not so risky as other countries in Asia.

“He further explained that although China was the first country to contract the virus, it has since managed to keep its numbers down compared to other countries like the Philippines and Indonesia. 

“At this point in time, there is more risks for us to repatriate nationals from the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. 

“The very important thing for our public to know is under the orders that are recommended by the oversight committee, pre-departure testing from these countries is mandatory. 

“Anyone that comes in from the high-risk countries has to undergo three tests before boarding a pl It's understood the government is planning to organise a return chartered flight to China to pick up more than 50 Solomon Islands national and 19 technical engineers to help with the project design of the sports facilities in preparation for the 2023 Pacific Games.

“The Chinese team will undergo two weeks of quarantine and four weeks of work in the country.

“The Prime Minister earlier highlighted in parliament that allowing such national projects to continue is important to ensure money is being pumped into the country and jobs are created.”

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