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Mail: The Editor, Cook Islands News,  PO Box 15, Rarotonga

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Dear editor,

It is sad that we took too long to act on the pandemic threat posed by coronavirus – a threat already well established throughout the world and yet even up until a few weeks ago we were still dithering on the matter of allowing cruise ships to offload their passengers onto our pristine islands.

Dr Teariki Maoate: Close borders

Thursday March 26, 2020

Totally support the decision by Prime Minister and Secretary of Health Aumea Herman to close the borders and have virus clearance testing of anyone coming home within the parameters set out.

Dear editor,

Improving water quality in the lagoon cannot be at expense of the reef (“MFEM confirms preferred option for future wastewater treatment”, March 21).

I saw it in the long queues at Rarotonga Airport, as people tried to get on planes back to their home countries.

Dear editor,

It is very sad to read on social media of employees being laid off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You can almost hear the heartbreak of the employers who through no fault of theirs, have to make that decision.

Dear editor,

Your readers will now be tightening their belts as we will prepare for the economic tsunami of the Covid-19 virus.

Kia orana editor,

Let me say how disappointed I was at the letter to the editor by your regular columnist and letter-writer Ruth Tangiiau Mavé, aka RAT Mavé. 

Dear editor,

Where is our illustrious gypsy prime Minister? As the country prepares to cut off tourism, its only blood supply, to protect the people from the Covid-19 scourge, where is Henry Puna?

Encouraging good behaviour with simple rewards of star charts and stamps or giving time on their phones are strong reinforcers.

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