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Travel to the Cook Islands during COVID-19

To prevent, limit and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands, Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health is reviewing options to safely lift the Cook Islands
border restrictions, while mitigating the risk of introducing COVID-19 to the Cook Islands

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Repatriation process for Cook Islanders in New Zealand to begin

Cook Islanders and Cook Islands residents caught in New Zealand when travel to their homeland was suspended about a month ago will start hearing today when they can go home. Cook Islands officials will begin contacting people who have registered to travel to Rarotonga today
and the first cohort will be required to enter supervised quarantine in a designated managed isolation facility in Auckland tomorrow.

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Cook Islands marks World Health Day

This year on World Health Day we salute our nurses and midwives. We salute them even more so in these anxious times we are going through. It’s a terrible cliche but nonetheless true that some of the finest people we’ll ever know will be nurses and midwives.

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School holidays extended by a further 2 weeks

The Government today announced all schools will remain closed for now – the current school holidays will be extended by a further two weeks. All primary and secondary school students are now required to stay at home until 19 April

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COVID-19 Act Enacted

The government has introduced new legislation which provides the legal framework necessary to facilitate the national response to prevent, limit or mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and its effects.

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Latest results in: no COVID-19 cases detected

Te Marae Ora has sent over 80 COVID-19 swab tests to NZ for analysis. So far 11 results have tested negative for COVID-19. The first wave of results include one of the three persons of interest being monitored by Te Marae Ora
There remains no known cases of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands

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