For now, Cook Islands’ border will remain open for weekly Friday flight, unless the Covid-19 situation in New Zealand gets worse.
Auckland International Airport will be ready to operate a travel bubble between New Zealand and Cook Islands by August 17, if given the go-ahead.
Health ministry Te Marae Ora is on high alert after confirming the tentative diagnosis of dengue fever cases on Pukapuka and Aitutaki – despite extensive attempts to protect the outer islands from the mosquito-borne disease.
Pukapuka locals are being vigilant to ensure they have no dengue cases, says the Island Administration, and insists a reported case was a false alarm.
The health system is as prepared as it will ever be for the borders to reopen. Now, it’s the faltering economy that poses the greater risk.
Cook Islands remains one of the few places without a coronavirus case, but Health ministry says the virus could have been here.