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Marshalls may shut down outbound flights

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MAJURO (RNZ Pacific/Pacnews) — The Marshall Islands government is contemplating stopping outbound travel as expatriate communities in the United States are hard hit by Covid-19.

This comes after reports that the Marshallese community in northwestern Arkansas has lost at least 14 people to the coronavirus and dozens of others are infected.

RNZ Pacific Marshall Islands correspondent Giff Johnson said similar things are happening in Marshallese communities in Washington, Oregon, Iowa and other places.

“I think that's why there is an interest to shut down travel in the meantime, because, on top of people going out and being in situations where they can get infected, they are very high risk, because so many people here have diabetes and other underlying health conditions,” he said.

“All the bullet point risk factors affect our community.”

The Marshall Islands is free of Covid-19 and one of the factors attributed to that is a ban on inbound flights.

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