The Holiday Inn near Auckland Airport served as the quarantine centre for returning Cook Islanders in April/May. 20082724
The Government will not be rushed into opening a quarantine facility in Auckland, says a spokesperson. Jaewynn McKay said the safety of Cook Islanders remained the top priority, with a ban on inwards travel.
The border remains closed until Sunday, when Cabinet will meet to decide whether to extend the closure further. McKay said they were closely monitoring Covid in New Zealand. “The current Auckland outbreak is New Zealand largest and most complex cluster to date,” she said. “It has seen transmission in workplaces, churches, public transport and shops, as well as within households.
“This outbreak has affected Auckland’s Pacific population and the New Zealand Ministry of Health has stated risks associated with this cluster are higher than those in the first outbreak.
“These facts have reinforced the need to take a precautionary approach.”
New Zealand yesterday announced 12 new cases of Covid-19, including five community transmission cases, all linked to the Auckland cluster. There are now 130 active cases of Covid-19 and 11 people in hospital with the coronavirus – eight on a ward, three in intensive care.
McKay said: “Te Marae Ora is monitoring developments regarding the significant Covid-19 cluster in Auckland and is providing advice to those affected by the border closures.”
“Cabinet will next meet on Sunday to review the latest developments in New Zealand.”