Covid- Rarotonga and Aitutaki’s daily numbers have declined dramatically, prompting Prime Minister Mark Brown to proclaim the epidemic finished in both islands.

According to Te Marae Ora data, Rarotonga had 10 new instances on Monday, while Aitutaki had none.

“We may be cautiously hopeful that now that we have past the height of illnesses on Rarotonga and Aitutaki, and we are controlling it in the Pa Enua, that there will be brighter days ahead when travel resumes,” Brown told parliament on Monday.

“We saw the light at the end of the tunnel last year; today we emerge into the brightness of a new day.”

There was one more case in Atiu, and five more in Mauke. Rarotonga has had 4810 instances, Aitutaki has 573, Atiu has 167, Mauke has 35, Penrhyn has three, and Mitiaro has one.

“While no one knows when we will be through with Covid, we can see that our path has been, and continues to be, a successful one against the immense hurdles that were before us,” Brown said.

In the Cook Islands, there are 84 active Covid-19.

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