It’s been almost 2 years since the coronavirus outbreak but it doesn’t seem to end anytime soon. Since the pandemic, each country has taken the steps to prevent the Covid-19 strain from entering into its nation. From quarantine policies to restrict international flights, each country is making its way to control the pandemic from being spread.
There is one country island that has taken preventive measures since the Covid-19 outbreak and reported no case. But recently, the first case of Covid-19 is reported in this nation in 2 years. Do you know which country is this? This is an island nation located in the South Pacific region. It is Cook Island.
The first Covid-19 case is detected in a 10-year-old boy quarantining after arriving on a repatriation flight with his family on December 2. It is believed that the boy has flown from New Zealand. The first case was reported on December 4 as the South Pacific country edges toward reopening its borders to tourists.
Prime Minister Mark Brown said we have been preparing ourselves for the time we reopen our borders. Our testing regimes have shown the value of that preparation by catching this case at the border.
When the pandemic hit, the island nation had shut itself from the world but on January 14, it decided to resume quarantine-free travel with New Zealand.
There were 176 passengers on that flight and except this boy all are tested Covid-19 negative. The national daily newspaper reported that the mother of the boy is fully vaccinated and his siblings are yet to be vaccinated.
Cook Island is a nation of around 17,000 people that has one of the highest vaccination rates globally, with 96 per cent of the eligible population double-dosed. This island is part of the Realm of New Zealand and the Head of State is the Queen of New Zealand. When an outbreak of the virus emerged in Auckland earlier this year, Cook Island halted its flight from New Zealand.