Covid-19 has now spread into Rakahanga and Manihiki.
Secretary of Health Bob Williams confirmed there had been 14 cases on Manihiki and nine on Rakahanga as of Wednesday.
“We were notified
yesterday (Tuesday) but it may have started on August 1,” Williams said.
“The same processes and relevant teams and the island
government have been active. We may deploy support staff end of week depending
on the spread of the outbreak.”
The confirmation means that of the Pa Enua (outer
islands), only Palmerston Island and Pukapuka/Nassau have yet to have a case of
The bulk of the cases have occurred in Rarotonga,
with 5086 recorded on the main island so far.
Earlier this month, an outbreak was reported at
Mangaia. Since then, there have been 218 cases on that island, with nine still
However, Williams said because Mangaia’s daily case
numbers have been trending downwards, it is likely that the health orders – which
include restrictions on gathering sizes, mandated mask wearing in public
spaces, and compulsory Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for people playing contact
sports – will be stopped at the end of the month.
The Cook Islands Covid-19 webpage says since the
pandemic began, there have been 6135 cases of Covid-19 in the Cook Islands.
However as of Wednesday, it had not been updated to include the Manihiki or