Covid-19 case numbers in Mangaia are just about top 200.
The island, which recorded its first Covid-19 case on July 23, has now recorded 199 cases as of the end of the weekend. Of those cases, 108 have recovered.
Mangaia mayor Makitua Tutai said Te Marae Ora staff
had been working really hard to ensure people are being tested for Covid-19 and
subsequently isolating if tested positive.
“Everyone is following the rules, we’re all wearing
masks and social distancing,” Tutai said.
“I haven’t had to isolate myself, nor has my family,
but it’s been tough for a number of people in isolation.”
Secretary of Health Bob Williams said he was unsure
how many more people in Mangaia would contract the virus, given that the island
has a population of about 470.
He expected it would take “another few more weeks” for
the pandemic to subside on the island.
Williams confirmed there were TMO staff on the island
who contracted Covid-19, but they “are now back to work with over 100 people
released from isolation in the weekend after serving their isolation”.
Williams said it was likely that the health orders
will be renewed at the end of this week.
At the moment, the health orders include mandating
mask wearing in public places.
Meanwhile, all events and social gatherings, whether
in a private or public setting, organised or spontaneous, are still restricted
to a maximum of 50 people for indoor events or gatherings, and 100 people for
outdoor events or gatherings, unless an exemption has been obtained from the
Secretary of Health (or delegate).
The restrictions imposed on participation in contact
sports also remain. Individual players may only participate in contact sports,
whether in a public or private setting, training or match play, if they return
a negative result from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on the day of the
training or match.
As of the end of the weekend, the Cook Islands has
recorded 6081 cases of Covid-19, with 110 cases still active.