Daily Covid-19 numbers remain low in the Cook Islands, with Aitutaki experiencing a major drop this week.
On Thursday, Aitutaki did not record a single case of Covid-19, after recording only one case on Wednesday, while Rarotonga recorded 13 cases on Thursday.
Atiu recorded seven new cases,
while Mauke, Mitiaro and Penrhyn did not add to their totals.
Aitutaki island council
executive officer Tuaine George said the general feeling on the island was that
people were pleased with the numbers dropping, but “we can’t be complacent”.
“Tourists will arrive in large
numbers again soon, and although the numbers are down at the moment, we can’t
relax yet,” George said.
“I think Aitutaki can be proud
of how it responded to the pandemic. The isolation orders were followed by all
our cases, and everyone was very supportive as a community, delivering supplies
and making sure people were okay.”
George said as the borders
opened to more travellers around the world, there will likely be new variants
of Covid-19 emerging.
“We simply don’t know how
these different strains will behave,” he said.
“Particularly as the tourist
ships (cruise) arrive, they could be carrying new strains of Covid-19.”
George said Te Marae Ora (TMO)
Ministry of Health had been “incredibly proactive” in terms of its responses to
Covid-19 cases on the island.
“We’ve got good isolation
protocols, so I’m sure we will be able to work something out should the
“But for now, we can be happy
with the way things are going.”
Since the pandemic began,
there have been 5410 cases of Covid-19 in the Cook Islands, of which 4723 cases
were in Rarotonga, 568 in Aitutaki, 112 in Atiu, three in Mauke and Penrhyn and
one in Mitiaro.