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New Zealand Introduces New COVID-19 Management System

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New Zealand will adopt a so-called traffic light system to limit the spread of COVID-19 and restrict the use of bans.

New Zealand’s planned traffic light system has red, yellow and green categories and gives more freedom to the fully vaccinated. The largest city, Auckland, is in the red zone, mainly due to the high number of COVID-19 cases. Residents there are allowed to visit cafes, gyms and hairdressers, but there are capacity restrictions and the mandatory confirmation of vaccination.

Most of the country is under the less stringent yellow traffic light regime. The settings will be revised in two weeks.

Michael Baker, professor of public health and epidemiology at the University of Otago in Wellington, said the new system is designed to boost vaccination rates.

“In the central part of the North Island, there is a strip of areas with relatively low vaccination coverage,” he said. “They are automatically classified as red light districts. This system has two main objectives. One of them is to really limit the transmission of the virus, that is, if you are indoors, you are indoors with other vaccinated people. But it also gives a very strong signal to the unvaccinated, a very strong push – you need to be vaccinated. So I think it will be effective. “

The New Zealand Ministry of Health estimates that about 86% of the eligible population received two doses of the vaccine.

New Zealand has some of the world’s toughest response to the pandemic.

The country’s international borders are expected to remain closed to most foreign nationals until next year.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the omicron option is a reminder of why New Zealand needs to maintain a “cautious approach” to the virus.

This South Pacific country of 5 million has reported 12,000 coronavirus cases and 44 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The traffic light system replaces the previous coronavirus warning levels. The recent delta variant outbreak has forced the New Zealand government to abandon the COVID-zero strategy in favor of a strategy that prioritizes containment. The previous approach was developed to eradicate the virus in New Zealand through border closures and lockdowns.

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