Covid-19: Niue resumes flights for government-approved passengers

Dr Collin Tukuitonga, a Pacific health expert in Auckland, offers Covid-19 health advice to the Niue Cabinet.

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Dr Collin Tukuitonga, a Pacific health expert in Auckland, offers Covid-19 health advice to the Niue Cabinet.

travel to Niue will be limited to a two-week flight with passengers vetted by the government. Covid-19 risk inside Auckland reduces, Pacific health expert Dr Collin Tukuitonga says.

Tukuitonga, a professor of public health at the University of Auckland, met virtually with the Cabinet of Niue to discuss the first passenger flight to the Pacific nation. delta epidemic It started in New Zealand in August.

The first passenger flight is scheduled for 19 October from Auckland with Air New Zealand.

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The organizers of the Niuean vaccine event are using a TikTok challenge to encourage people to get vaccinated in south Auckland.

There will be essential workers on board, returning residents, and others approved by the Niue government.

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Tukuitonga said it supports the resumption of passenger flights to Niue as it has fully vaccinated 97 percent of the country’s eligible population.

Tukuitonga said Niue is not focused on repelling tourists, but on protecting the island from Covid-19.  (File image)

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Tukuitonga said Niue is not focused on repelling tourists, but on protecting the island from Covid-19. (File image)

He said all travelers traveling must be fully vaccinated and remain in a managed isolation and quarantine facility for 14 days upon arrival.

Niue’s flights were to be every two weeks until the government was satisfied that Auckland’s epidemic risk was low.

“I suspect this will continue until the Auckland situation is under control and we really don’t know for how long,” he said.

different Fiji, which will open Tourists from December 1, and Cook Islands Tukuitonga said Niue’s safe reopening stand is different, which will consider reopening when New Zealand is at alert level 1.

“They (Niue) aren’t really interested in tourists, they’re more interested in keeping the virus out and reducing the risks as much as possible.

“You ask Niueans, that risk is zero risk. The government of Niue knows that Auckland will likely go to zero cases and they need to make decisions about these for future travel.

“They get it, but they’re very nervous.”

Tukuitonga said Niue hadn’t tried its luck with Covid-19.

“At our meeting, we talked about what precautions are being taken and what we can do to keep them safe. They still insist on quarantine for 14 days, which is not so difficult.

“The risk is very high for Niue and he cares more about tourists than opening up to them.”

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