Covid update here and around the globe

A holiday in the Cook Islands is still a couple of months away.

For those wanting a holiday to the Cook Islands, you're going to have to wait until May.


That's the date the two countries are working towards a travel bubble for, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday.


The announcement came during Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown's visit to Aotearoa. He is the first international leader to be officially welcomed here since the Covid-19 pandemic struck.


Queenstown mayor Jim Boult says a three-way bubble with the islands and Australia would be an ideal situation. He says the Cook Islands travel bubble would be a "disaster" for local tourism if the trans-Tasman bubble did not open within two months.


Global toll

The global number of cases has reached 125.8 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Global deaths have surpassed 2.7 million.


The United States continues to record the most cases and fatalities - 30.1 million infections, and 547,630 deaths.

Brazil and India have had the second and third most cases, with 12.3 million and 11.8 million infections, respectively.


It's been a year since our lockdown.

Current NZ situation:

New cases reported during the past 24 hours    3
Active cases:   

    At the border     74
    In the community    0
    Under investigation/other    0
    Total    74
    Recovered   2379
    Deceased    26

What should I do?

Anyone who wants to get tested can find their local testing centres by visiting the Ministry of Health website.


If you are sick, call your GP before you visit, or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.


To avoid contracting and spreading the virus, wash your hands properly, cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow and throw tissues away immediately.

Reach out, find support from people who care, connect with your community or help a neighbour in need.

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