Cook Is­lands PM says re­open­ing bor­ders is a key pri­or­ity for him

Fiji Sun - - PACIFIC NEWS -

Avarua: The Cook Is­lands Prime Min­is­ter says re­open­ing the coun­try’s bor­ders is one of his key pri­or­i­ties.

Henry Puna said it may be the only way to kick start the econ­omy.

In lock­ing down the coun­try on March 5, Mr Puna said he wouldn’t com­pro­mise the health of his peo­ple for eco­nomic gains.

Mr Puna said the coun­try re­mained COVID-19 free, and any re­open­ing would have to en­sure that it re­mained that way. But he said the Raro­tonga Hos­pi­tal now had an iso­la­tion area and coro­n­avirus test­ing kits.

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