Cook Islands [Media Release – MOH] Te Marae Ora Takes Precautionary Measures Against Coronavirus
Posted on March 9, 2020 by APTC in APTC FIji

Paepae Ropi’anga O Te Kavamagi – Office of the Public Service Commission

4 March 2020

The Cook Islands Government continues to take a proactive approach to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands, there is ongoing rapid spread globally.

Te Marae Ora Cook Islands Ministry of Health (TMO) is closely monitoring the situation regarding two people in voluntary self-quarantine in Rarotonga. One arrived overnight and was identified at the border as having visited one of the countries on the list of travel restrictions. The other individual was made known to TMO this morning by New Zealand health officials conducting contact tracing of one of their COVID-19 cases.

Neither persons in Rarotonga have any COVID-19 symptoms.

TMO Secretary Dr. Josephine Herman says there is low risk for people who have been in contact with the two individuals who are in quarantine, and the precautionary measure being undertaken is standard public health practice for TMO.

Officials from the World Health Organization and New Zealand Ministry of Health are currently in the Cook Islands and have been training and offering advice to health workers, customs and immigration workers, and government officials.

See below for advice to the public about COVID-19. For further information please visit or call our 24-hour Healthline 29 667.


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TRAVEL ADVISORY to Guard Against the Introduction of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the Cook Islansd


Pursuant to s9A of the Entry Residence and Departure Act 1972 the following travel restriction is in place:

Persons intending to travel to the Cook Islands who have been in – Peoples Republic of China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau) Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Italy and Iran, within the last 14 days prior to travel, will be denied entry into the Cook Islands. In addition, all Cook Islanders and residents of the Cook Islands should avoid non-essential travel to these countries named above.


  1. wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or hand sanitizer
  2. avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  3. cover your coughs and sneezes, if using tissue, discard immediately in a closed bin
  4. don’t share drinks and foods (spit/saliva)
  5. when greeting people, try a smile, a wave or the nod, instead of a kiss, hug, fist bump, or shaking hands
  6. avoid close contact with people who are sick
  7. stay home if you are sick


All those with a cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, or flu-like illness should visit the ‘coughs and colds’ flu clinic in Blackrock. Call 29667 prior to organise your appointment. Consultation is FREE.

Opening hours: 8am to 2pm Monday to Friday.


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