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The Solomon Islands announced they have lost the battle to stay free of the coronavirus, leaving just nine small, remote territories that have not reported a single case.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare told the Pacific island nation in a televised address that a student who recently arrived from the Philippines on a repatriation flight carrying 96 passengers had returned a positive test.

“It pains me to say that we have lost our COVID-19-free status despite our collective effort to prevent the pandemic from entering our country,” Sogavare said Saturday.

He urged the population of 600,000 in