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Cooks record 33 Covid-19 cases

Wednesday 9 March 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

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Cooks record 33 Covid-19 cases
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The country has recorded 33 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday beating the previous record by 11.

There has been a total of 174 Covid-19 cases in the Cook Islands, 149 are active cases and 25 people have recovered from the virus.

Aitutaki got its first Covid-19 case on Monday, Tamanu Beach Resort general manager Nick Henry said it was inevitable the island would get a case.

“There's not so much stigma attached to it, it was always going to get here,” Henry said.

“It's not necessarily anybody’s fault for getting it, it is what happens and other families are keen to help and provide support for delivering food and that sort of stuff.”

Henry said at the moment the island was fairly relaxed.

“It’s a small island so we work out pretty quickly where the case is at,” he said.

“The community is responding well, like anywhere while we were waiting for it, when it finally arrives there were still some anxious parents and grandparents, so it’s to be expected.

“All and all people were preparing themselves for it and have responded well.”

Henry said yesterday there was a police presence outside the man's property to make sure he abided by the isolation order to stay home.

Henry said he was aware food was delivered to the house and “wouldn't be surprised” if the man got overwhelmed by hospitality.

Henry said there was a limited supply of Rapid Antigen Tests in Aitutaki at the moment so they were being reserved for symptomatic people.

Henry said the message was “if we're pretty confident the test is going to come back negative then don't do the test”.

More tests were likely to arrive on the next plane, he said.