Rakahanga is remaining resolute that its borders will be immediately closed and the island will remain isolated from the outside world, if a case of Covid-19 is confirmed on Rarotonga.
people of Rakahanga will isolate themselves from the rest of the world,
including Rarotonga, if a Covid-19 case is confirmed on the main island.
decision was made by the Island Council in March this year and is supported by
Member of Parliament Tina Browne, who is visiting her constituency this week,
says the island fine-tuned their own Covid-19 response plan and had this ready
to present to her at their first meeting.
reassured at how proactive the Island Council and people have been, they have a
good response plan and have made decisions that are very tough, these will be
activated given whichever situation the island and neighbouring Manihiki
happens to be in,” Browne said in a statement.
the Island Council remains wary after the 14-day quarantine was lifted in
to the Rakahanga response plan, Browne said the Island Council wants to see all
international travellers arriving in Rarotonga to remain on the main island for
a month before being permitted to fly or sail to Manihiki, the first port of
call before travelling on to Rakahanga.
said the Rakahanga community had prepared for the worst scenario, and
identified an outlying motu with proper shelter and water supply to serve as a
quarantine area for Rakahanga.
covered everything in their plan, stockpiling the necessary medical supplies,
staff to care for whomever is in quarantine, how food will be supplied, treating
and disposing of medical waste and recognising medical staff will be under huge
pressure during this time and providing all the support they need.
being so remote, the people of Rakahanga are prepared to initiate a response
plan that will be very tough on them as well, with no inter-island supply boat
allowed in, no ferry from Manihiki or visiting boats. I’m really very proud at
how the Rakahanga community is willing to make sacrifices and put the lives of
Island Council tell me that they and the wider community had no hesitation in
formulating their strict response plan. As soon as Rarotonga registers its
first Covid case, the Rakahanga plan gets activated, despite Rarotonga being
over 1000 kilometres away. The Rakahanga border will be closed and that’s very