The first international destination New Zealanders could be allowed to fly to is suffering a dengue fever outbreak.
Rarotonga has reported 48 confirmed and probable cases and 21 hospitalisations since its latest outbreak was declared on 2 February 2021.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said last year she expected a two-way quarantine bubble with the Cook Islands to be open by the end of March – just over a month away. However, since then, there were a number of community cases linked to the Pullman quarantine facility and the Valentine’s Day lockdown in Auckland.
Now, Rarotonga is dealing with an outbreak of a different kind.