The World Health Organization classified the new COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate. The new strain is called “omicron.” Image/ Getty
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the Cook Islands have crossed the 700-mark.
As of 7pm last night, there were 743 cases in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
Rarotonga has majority of the cases while there were only four cases on Aitutaki as of last night.
were 71 new cases recorded over the weekend.
to Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health, there are 490 active cases and 247
recovered cases. A total of 5473 PCR and Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) tests have
been conducted since February 13 when the first case was detected.
his address last week, Prime Minister Mark Brown said those who have been
positive for Covid-19, have completed their seven days of isolation and are
asymptomatic, are free to leave their home and return to work, even if someone
else in their household tests positive and the rest of the house is required to
is because once infected by Omicron you cannot get reinfected again or be
infectious for at least three months and most probably a lot longer – meaning
that there is no danger in a person who has already been infected and recovered
coming and going from places where others are in quarantine.”