“SCHOOLS in Honiara and Guadalcanal will take an early holiday starting today as the government announced new measures against the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced the raft of measures in a national address to the nation last night in the wake of the imminent threat the virus poses to the nation.
“The announcement comes as a second suspected case sent to Australia for tests returned negative.
“ PM Sogavare said under the new measures, all students will vacate the boarding schools during the break.
“But schools in the rest of the country will remain open until the scheduled first-term school break,” the prime minister said.
“All schools will reopen in accordance with the school calendar in April unless the situation changes when further decisions will be made,” he added.
“Decisions on the tertiary institutions will be made by their respective authorities, noting the decision taken by the government in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province schools.”
‘PM Sogavare also encouraged those not working and living in Honiara to return or relocate to the provinces immediately.”
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