PM Mark Brown presenting a gift to PM Jacinda Ardern during his visit earlier this month. MFAI/21040120
Prime Minster Mark Brown says the country is tracking well to prepare for a potential travel bubble with Aotearoa as the country’s Covid-19 alert system is overhauled to align it with New Zealand’s.
The Cook Islands is pushing forward with its health system
preparedness in advance of a potential travel bubble by aligning its Covid-19
alert system with New Zealand.
As a result of the changes to the system by Te Marae Ora
Ministry of Health, a numbered tier system has been added to the existing
Each alert level now describes the different measures
required by residents, depending on whether there are community cases of
Covid-19 in the Cook Islands or New Zealand.
While making the announcement yesterday afternoon, Prime
Minister Mark Brown said: “I remain committed to preserving the health and
safety of our people as the utmost priority.”
“The new Cook Islands Covid-19 alert level system is set to
achieve a number of objectives; continued public confidence, greater cohesion
across Government, alignment with the New Zealand Covid-19 alert levels system
and to provide clarity to the impact of New Zealand’s settings has on the Cook
The PM has asked the public to familiarise themselves with
the new system, which he said provides additional clarity as to what actions
are required by the public, government and industry at each alert level.
Brown said he is expecting a final assessment this week on
the nation’s readiness for quarantine-free travel from a Government taskforce
set up to oversee preparations in advance of a travel bubble.
“Tracing has been improved with the release of our contact
tracing app last week. Our PCR lab is now complete and our trainer has arrived
from NZ,” he told Cook Islands News.
“Things have progressed quite a bit from the beginning of
the month, so we’re in good shape.”