Health

'Act like the virus is here'

Wednesday March 25, 2020

More than 80 swabs have been sent to New Zealand for testing and of the 11 results returned, all have tested negative for Covid-19. 

The Government has all but closed the Cook Islands border, effective from midnight tonight, Tuesday.

Go home, stay home

Tuesday March 24, 2020

At 6pm tomorrow, Cook Islands moves to Code Yellow. The nation will be just one step away from a state of emergency, as Parliament gives health authorities sweeping new powers. 

The hospital needs to be prepared to receive Covid-19 patients – that’s the urgent message from Te Marae Ora today as emergency care shifts from the hospital to Tupapa Clinic and new hospital visiting rules take immediate effect.

The 19-year-old au pair who was stranded in Rarotonga this weekend is now trapped on her own in Auckland International Airport transit. And Immigration NZ won’t even answer the phone. 'It's like a prison,' she says.

What will save Cook Islands from the worst impact of the coronavirus sweeping the world in not panic-shopping for toilet paper and security guards on street corners.

COVID-19 update

Monday March 16, 2020

Simple basic health practices such as washing hands and not to greet people with a kiss or a hug, are important advice to follow from the Ministry of Health to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Rather than feel fearful about what could happen with the global spread of Covid-19 coronavirus, a group of 60 netball-mad mamas from Rarotonga decided to have faith head off to the Golden Oldies Netball Festival in Hawaii yesterday.

The Secretary of Health has called on the community to show their humanity for those in quarantine to determine whether they have Covid-19.

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