(FILE PHOTO) Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health staff conducting Covid-19 tests at the Constitution Park. PHOTO: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22030315
Aitutaki now has three cases of Covid-19, after first detecting the virus a week ago.
The third case was detected on
Saturday. All cases and their close contacts are in isolation.
The total number of Covid-19
cases in the Cook Islands (Rarotonga and Aitutaki) stands at 338 (as of last
There were 58 new cases
recorded over the weekend – 36 on Saturday and 22 yesterday (Sunday).
According to Te Marae Ora
Ministry of Health, there are 243 active cases and 95 recovered (as of 8pm last
The health ministry has
conducted a total of 3092 PCR tests since February 13, when the first Covid
case was reported.
According to TMO, there are
still no cases in hospital.
However as Covid-19 cases
continue to rise, Cook Islands public health advisor Dr Douglas Lush says it is
“inevitable” that the country will experience some hospitalisations from the
“So far, the virus has largely
been circulating among the younger community, such as in schools, who tend to
be less vulnerable,” Lush earlier said.
“It’s inevitable it will also
circulate amongst older or more vulnerable parts of the community. In turn,
this will likely lead to hospitalisations.”
Lush also said Te Marae Ora (TMO)
had contingencies in the event of people needing additional care and for
hospitalisations occurring due to the ongoing spread of the virus.
“We are absolutely prepared
and the Pfizer vaccination provides us with additional care and protection,”
Prime Minister Mark Brown last
week said the nation was ready for the arrival of hospital admissions due to
Covid-19, particularly as their dedicated Covid ward at the Rarotonga hospital
Rarotonga hospital has 20 beds
in the Covid-19 ward, 10 of the beds are in a negative pressure room while
another 10 are outside the room. There are also four ventilators on the island.
Meanwhile PM Brown has called
on people showing Covid-19 symptoms to get tested.
“I want to say to all our
people who have taken the time to either get themselves tested, vaccinated or
both recently – meitaki ma’ata. Your efforts are a major factor in the success
we are having in managing this virus.
“We all have a role to play in
managing this virus and slowing down its spread. Wear your masks, keep your
distance from others, wash your hands regularly and avoid indoor gatherings.
“Thank you all for playing
your part in helping to protect the Cook Islands from Covid-19.”