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This content was released on December 21, 2021 – 02:34

SYDNEY (Australia), Dec. 21 (EFE) – The New Zealand government said on Tuesday it was delaying a reopening plan without isolation until the end of February due to the rapid expansion of the Omigron variant of the Covit-19 in other countries. .

The Ocean Country maintains a low number of infections and viral deaths and has implemented one of the world’s toughest policies during epidemics, with New Zealanders and Australians planning to allow isolation without isolation from mid-January. Already vaccinated.

Responding to Govt-19, Minister Chris Hipkins argued in a statement that it was “trying to stop the rapid expansion (Omigran) we see abroad”.

“It’s a disappointment and will no doubt disrupt many of their vacation plans, but it’s important that (travelers) establish these changes today to consider their plans in a timely manner,” Hipkins said.

Although the Minister did not mention travelers from other parts of the world who are expected to be able to enter the country without isolation from mid-April, it is expected that these new measures will affect plans in the long run. .

New Zealand has already vaccinated more than 90% of its target population with a full schedule, which will expedite the administration of a booster dose.

“While two doses (vaccine) provide good protection against acute Omigran disease, a third dose provides greater protection against the spread of Govit-19 and reduces the chance of further infections.” , “Said the Minister.

New Zealand announced that it would extend isolation to 7 to 10 days upon entry into the country and reduce the need for a negative Kovit-19 test 48 hours prior to departure.

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The Maritime Nation has amassed 13,495 confirmed Covit-19 cases, including 49 deaths since the outbreak, and announced Omigran’s first case within its territory last Thursday when the vaccinated traveler tested positive while he was staying in an isolated center. . EFE

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