‘Fear will always be there’: Covid-free island prepares to bring home stranded citizens

Posted by on June 1, 2020 6:00 pm
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Pacific nation of Palau tries to balance citizens’ right to return, with protecting its coronavirus-free status

For 143 Palau citizens trapped overseas by coronavirus travel restrictions, the journey home, always long, will be especially tortuous. To reach their Pacific island home they face six long weeks of quarantine – two in Guam, two in a hotel in Palau, and then another two weeks of self-isolation at home. They will also face at least five Covid-19 tests.

But some Palauans fear that even these measures will not be enough.

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