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Cook Islands News has identified a challenge (“Cook Islands waste worsens in Covid-19 slowdown,”April 18) that faces many small island states on the path to developed status.
This Covid -19 phenomenon exposes the failures of the Government with regard to economics. There is no export in agriculture, in black pearls, in fish, in arts and crafts and so on.
Dear editor, I see you are no longer publishing "letters to the editor" and have reduced the number of pages due to the "possible" shortage of paper, ink, etc.
I, along with most Cook Islanders, are very impressed with government and NGOs precautionary measures to prevent Covid-19 getting here. And response of people adhering to the rules is also impressive.
We note kind words from our people regarding government’s pro-active actions to help cushion the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is sad that we took too long to act on the pandemic threat posed by coronavirus – a threat already well established throughout the world and yet even up until a few weeks ago we were still dithering on the matter of allowing cruise ships to offload their passengers onto our pristine islands.
Totally support the decision by Prime Minister and Secretary of Health Aumea Herman to close the borders and have virus clearance testing of anyone coming home within the parameters set out.