Concerns are mounting about a potential complacency towards Covid safety measures after new cases emerged in Rarotonga and the outer islands.
people have become complacent and relaxed as Covid becomes the norm, says Te
Marae Ora Ministry of Health.
of Health Bob Williams said: “As we have normalised
Covid there is tendency for some people to be complacent and relaxed.”
said nine Covid-19 cases have been reported in the Cook Islands this month,
confirming that current infections haven’t required hospital admission.
cases were reported in Aitutaki and three in Rarotonga.
notes that there’s also a flu circulating currently, and some people may have
both flu and Covid simultaneously.
advice remains unchanged: those who test positive for Covid should
self-isolate, take medication, drink plenty of water, and get sufficient rest.
acknowledged that some people are following the advice and self-isolating and
said the hospital remains prepared for any severe infections, but all reported
cases so far have been mild.
year (2023), there were a total of 445 Covid cases, with 342 first infections
and 103 re-infections.
about 397 people have received both Covid vaccine doses, while 48 remain
a previous statement last December, Williams mentioned an increase in reported
cases, particularly on Aitutaki and Mangaia. However, none of those cases
required hospitalisation, and all individuals recovered within three or four
added that Te Marae Ora continues to monitor the Covid situation in New Zealand
and doesn’t consider it a current concern for the Cook Islands.
Islands has recorded two Covid-related deaths, the first one on Aitutaki in
2022 and the second on Mauke last year.