Kiri­bati Pres­i­dent calls for pa­tience from pub­lic over bor­der clo­sure

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Tarawa: The Pres­i­dent of Kiri­bati has called for pa­tience from the pub­lic as the govern­ment seals its bor­ders as part of its COVID-19 re­sponse.

Taneti Maa­mau said the ho­tel cur­rently be­ing used as an iso­la­tion cen­tre can­not ac­com­mo­date the huge num­ber of I-Kiri­bati if they are repa­tri­ated from overseas. Mr Maa­mau said con­struc­tion of 30 to 40 more rooms at the old Gen­eral Hospi­tal in Bikenibeu, which will also be used as iso­la­tion cen­tre, is al­most com­pleted.

Pres­i­dent Maa­mau says govern­ment will make fi­nal plans for mass repa­tri­a­tion of stranded Kiri­bati na­tion­als overseas when all iso­la­tion cen­tres are ready.

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