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Kiribati seafarers losing jobs due to lack of COVID-19 tests

Christian Fernsby |
Seafarers in Kiribati are continuing to lose their jobs because the country lacks the ability to conduct Polymerase Chain Reaction Covid-19 testing - or PCR testing.

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Topics: KIRIBATI   

Hundreds of iKiribati seafarerers repatriated during the height of the pandemic last year are now eager to return to their jobs.

The Kiribati employment minister Taabeta Teakai said shipping companies required returning workers to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test, but the country does not have a PCR machine.

"That is our challenge now we are still waiting for it and we really want to send our seafarers back to their jobs because most of the other countries are taking over their jobs."

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