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Cook Islands records first Covid-19 death

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Published Apr 24, 2022

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The tiny South Pacific nation of the Cook Islands reported its first coronavirus-related death Sunday, more than two years after the pandemic erupted.

A 63-year-old woman, who had underlying health conditions, died on her way to hospital on the island of Aitutaki late Saturday.

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"It is with great sadness that I announce that we have just recorded our first in-country death attributed to Covid-19," Prime Minister Mark Brown said in a statement Sunday.

"She had had all three anti-Covid vaccinations, but also had several serious underlying health conditions."

The island nation had been remarkably free from Covid-19 until an outbreak of the Omicron variant emerged after it reopened its border to travellers from New Zealand early this year.

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"It is tragic, but not unexpected that we might lose someone to Covid," Brown said.

The Cook Islands Health Ministry said it has so far recorded 4,727 cases of Covid-19 of which 735 were active as of Sunday morning.

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