New Zealand is witnessing one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the world. The country that almost went to a Zero Covid phase is now dealing with new cases every day. However, the government is unable to quash the present Delta outbreak in the country. There are no options left for them but to learn to live with the virus. Moreover, the country has one of the strictest border restrictions in the world. It shut all its international borders last year to prevent COVID-19 from entering its land.
New Zealand to Ease Border Restrictions
Amid the recent Delta outbreak, New Zealand is planning to ease its border restrictions. The country shut its international borders in March 2020 to prevent COVID-19 from entering its land.
However, it seems that most of their efforts are now in vain as they are witnessing one of the worst outbreaks ever. The country has almost achieved a Zero Covid phase in the past few months. But the Delta variant shattered everything that the government achieved so far.
The government announced on Thursday that fully vaccinated travelers can now visit New Zealand. However, they will have to spend seven days in quarantine upon their arrival. The island nation has one of the toughest border restrictions in the world. Several citizens and foreign nationals are stranded due to these restrictions. Now that the country is opening up for vaccinated individuals, there is hope for these stranded people. The country’s COVID-19 response minister Chris Hipkins stated in a press conference about home isolation beginning in 2022.
COVID-19 Situation in New Zealand
It is an undeniable fact that New Zealand; has managed the COVID-19 situation better than any country in the world. So far, they have reported just 5,900 cases with 28 deaths. However, this has all happened due to the strict border restrictions and COVID-19 protocols.
Although the borders are reopening, people are asked to remain extra cautious. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stated that she will curb the lockdown when the country’s 90 percent population is vaccinated against COVID-19. As of now, 87 percent of the country’s population has administered the first dose.