The government confirmed that it was a movable delta on Wednesday and the cluster has grown rapidly since then.
Seo said the government is aware of the weakness of the Pacific islands and does not want to repeat it. Measles outbreak in Samoa in 2019, Where 83 people were killed.
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Cook Islands is the only two-way quarantine-free travel bubble with New Zealand, however. It has been suspended In light of the recent epidemic
New, which is. 97% of its population has been fully vaccinated., A one-way travel bubble agreement with New Zealand. Incoming passengers have to bypass the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
It was expected to be New Zealand’s next two-way travel bubble.
Seo said he was optimistic earlier this year that this would happen, but after seeing how the vaccine and vaccine are evolving around the world, and the change in the alert level in New Zealand, he was not so sure.
He said more travel bubbles with the Pacific are unlikely to open this year.
“I’m not so optimistic, the focus is now on vaccinating everyone,” he said.
“Once we have vaccinated the whole of New Zealand, I think it gives New confidence to say, ‘Yes, we can open the borders for the Kiwis.’
He said talks were underway with the Navy, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Tokelau and the Solomon Islands on travel bubbles.
One-way travel bubble for horticultural workers from Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu under recognized seasonal employment scheme It is expected to open in September.“Now I was in question,” he said.
“At the moment we are talking, but we are also going to make sure that we do not go beyond ourselves.
“We have to provide their leaders with complete and complete information through their own resources and make sure we can help them, and look at any emergency plan for any emergency that no one wants.” ۔ “
Sewe said the Covid 19 virus, and especially the highly transferable delta type, can penetrate any Pacific border if care is not taken.
“In the back of my mind, I see what has happened to the spread of measles in Samoa and Tonga, and I don’t want us to be in a situation where we become responsible for affecting the relatively covid islands.”