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Cook Islands worried about new community coronavirus case in New Zealand

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 20, 2020
Cook Islands will review their current settings with regard to incoming passengers following new community coronavirus case in New Zealand.
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Negotiations to form a travel bubble have gone back to square one following the latest community coronavirus case in New Zealand.

Topics: Cook Islands New Zealand

After 22 days of no new community case, a port worker last week tested positive for the virus, halting the effort made by Cook Islands authorities engaging with their New Zealand counterparts to form a quarantine free travel bubble between the two countries.

Officials in both countries have been working through finalising the arrangement under the premise that there are to be at least 28 days with no Covid-19 cases in the community.

Fletcher Melvin, the chair of the Private Sector Taskforce, says government now needs to explore other options to restart the tourism industry.

Liana Scott, the president of Tourism Industry Council, said all options should be considered to find a perfect medium “as to what may work that can stimulate ‘new’ cash into the economy, whilst at the same time keeping the safest protocols in place”.

“The reality probably is, that no matter what precautions are in place, the inevitability of isolated cases arising will remain.”