In early December, the Cook Islands – an archipelago of 15 islands in the South Pacific – were in a state of panic for several days. The small country of about 18,000 people announced its first positive case Corona virus: A 10-year-old boy flew from Auckland to Rarotonga, the main island of the country.
There were residents who were worried about the impact of the tourism sector affected by the epidemic and thought about closing their businesses. But later, health officials declared the case false. Although the boy recorded two testimonies Govit-19 “Weak positives” when in isolation, His final test came in the negative And it was considered not an infection. The country is still considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be free of COV-19.
“Our entry protocol states that we are fortunate to have identified this potential case and have followed our protocol to achieve this satisfactory conclusion. But it also emphasizes the need to be vigilant.” Health Secretary Bob Williams said at the time.
The Islas Cook Almost two years went by without Govit-19, And islanders can live with pre-epidemic independence. The country, which relies on tourism, has closed its borders to international travel with devastating economic impacts (tourism contributes two-thirds of GDP), but has kept the corona virus at bay and has already vaccinated more than 96% of its adults.
But the warning about that false positivity raised concerns about how the Cook Islands will cope when the borders reopen as planned in mid-January and international travel resumes. The travel bubble attempt with New Zealand earlier this year saw a brief return of tourists to the Cook Islands, which came to a halt just weeks after the Auckland government began to report cases of delta variation. The small country has only 22 doctors and two respirators, so it took serious precautionary measures to prevent the corona virus from entering.
The Cook Islands have been recognized as the best tourist destination to visit in 2022 guía Lonely Planet, Its current status, sustainable tourism and surprising factor. The award for the best travel to the Sea Nation was praised by the judges for creating the Murray Mona, one of the largest marine parks in the world.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors to our little paradise soon,” said Haldova Fua, Managing Director of Cook Islands Tourism.