(CNN) – New Zealand on Thursday announced that New Zealand will open its doors to vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries from early 2022, threatening the country’s strict border controls in the event of an outbreak.
A Speech delivered on Thursday In the morning, Artern said the government would step up preparations in preparation for the gradual reopening of New Zealand’s Govt-19 virus vaccination program. “Our ultimate goal is to bring a journey without isolation to all vaccinated passengers. And to this day our direction and ambition for what we can see is clear. But we are not yet fully open,” Artern said.
In developed countries New Zealand has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 infection. With a population of nearly 5 million, it has detected less than 3,000 Govt-19 cases and only 26 deaths.
In his speech, Artern cited the low case rate for the decision to close New Zealand’s border in March 2020 to all residents. New Zealand has implemented 14-day isolation rules restricting the number of citizens who may enter the country. From April 2020 onwards.
“If New Zealand had been as severely affected as the United Kingdom or the United States, nearly 10,000 Kiwis would have died,” Artern said.
But flexible border controls have relatively isolated the Pacific island nation and cut it off from the rest of the world, Artern seemed to agree Thursday.
“We can not always have border controls, we do not want to be clear and clear, and there are no experts we can talk to.
“Until scientific evidence shows that we can safely move from border security to personal vaccination, that is the direction we are heading,” he added.
As part of the reopening, Artern announced that it would like to use the risk-based system to enter New Zealand from the beginning of 2022.
“There is a careful approach that says there will be zero cases, but when there is one in the community, we crush it, this is the best way to maintain our normal life while monitoring the Govt-19 turns over the next six months,” Artern said.
According to the New Zealand government, with the new system, vaccinated travelers from high-risk countries will still have to be isolated for 14 days in a managed facility, but isolation from medium-risk countries may be reduced, or they may be allowed to be isolated, while those from low-risk countries will be allowed to enter without going into isolation.
New Zealand has not yet announced which countries will be classified as low, medium or high risk.
At the same time, the government said it would extend the vaccination deadline. The government report says that between October and December this year New Zealand will test a plan that will allow some travelers returning home to be isolated at home.
Neighboring Australia continues to struggle against multiple eruptions of the delta type of Covit-19, leading to prolonged strikes in Sydney and Melbourne. On Thursday, the Australian capital, Canberra, announced a week-long strike following the discovery of the Govt-19 case in the city.
On July 30, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Plan to reopen borders Once the vaccination rate reaches 70% in four stages from Australia. Both Australia and New Zealand have trouble vaccinating their people: currently Just 23% of the Australian population People over the age of 16 have received both doses while in New Zealand It does not reach 20%.
In his speech on Thursday, Artern made it clear that New Zealand would not abandon its policy. Targeting zero Govt-19 cases Despite the increase in vaccines. Some countries, including Singapore, have in recent months announced plans to sideline the zero coil and adopt a risk reduction strategy, which aims to reduce deaths and hospitalizations rather than overall infections.
But Artern said New Zealand will not allow the delta variant of the Covit-19 to happen as it does in neighboring Australia.
“Policy number one will continue … to maintain the elimination strategy to end the virus so that we can retain the hard-earned profits and keep our options open,” he said.
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