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11 June 2021
Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local, National
Project Manager for CookSafe+ Tofiga Injimo showing the Covid-19 contact tracing mobile app. 21032411
increasing number of people are using Cook Islands Covid-19 tracing tools since
quarantine-free travel with New Zealand got underway, the Chamber of Commerce
than 31,000 tag-ins were recorded between May 17 and May 30 - 18,000 more than
what was recorded in the previous fortnight.
the country’s border opened with New Zealand - more than 3000 new users have
registered with the CookSafe QR card system.
of Commerce chief executive Eve Hayden said the majority of tag-ins and new
registrations were from locals, with 10 per cent sign ups from visitors.
think that with the May 17 bubble opening, locals became much more aware of the
importance of tagging in so we have definitely seen a surge since then,” she
said the visitor figures were reached by measuring the number of passengers who
handed their CookSafe registration cards in at the airport.
an estimate but a fairly good one.”
contact tracing supervisor Peka Fisher said the chamber was set up at Nikao
Social Centre during the first vaccination programme with a goal to get as many
tag-ins as possible.
that time we also registered more than 2300 CookSafe cards as well as recording
almost 8000 tag-ins,” Fisher said.
expect similar numbers to these over the coming fortnight as round two of the
vaccine rollout begins.”
Foods owner Dan Forsyth said he noticed an increase in people using CookSafe.
the first two weeks of the border’s opening we ramped up our services by
staffing our entrance and encouraging valued customers to tag into CookSafe.
week we took staff from the entrance and noticed that our customers are
continuing to tag-in without staff encouragement, which is great to see.
team also register and issue Cook Safe cards and have noticed an increase in
cards given out, especially to locals returning from overseas,” Forsyth said.
media release from the Chamber of Commerce said the CookSafe+ contact tracing
app now had 3913 users - almost half of Cook Islands smartphone users.
said people who have downloaded the app need to ensure their Bluetooth and
location services are turned on at all times so the app can work.
the end of May, 13,355 CookSafe cards have been issued, with 849 scanners in
use across Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Mangaia.
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