The health ministry’s spokesperson Jaewynn McKay said the quarantine process for the new arrivals will be similar to last week’s, but with full surveillance, so that the risk of any breaches is minimised. She said details will be confirmed today.
The ministry is expecting 25-30 passengers from Auckland, New Zealand this week.
Last week, 66 Cook Islanders arrived on the Air New Zealand flight and are completing a 14-day quarantine supervised by the health ministry, police, puna and community members.
McKay said they are yet to confirm the exact number of passengers expected to arrive on Friday, but at the moment the figures are based on the returnees who have indicated their desire to travel on this date.
Te Marae Ora is not making any recommendations to Cabinet to delay or hold off passengers for another week from Auckland, so those currently in quarantine can first complete their 14-days.
McKay said: “It is easier to manage and oversee supervised quarantine process with smaller numbers of passengers compared to larger, plus the puna are assisting Te Marae Ora with monitoring.”
She said all who were wishing to travel to Rarotonga must fulfil the tests and accommodation requirements in order to be cleared by Te Marae Ora.
Over the weekend, a family was ordered by Te Marae Ora to go into compulsory supervised quarantine after a member had unauthorised contact with one of the people who returned from New Zealand last Friday.