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New Zealand Delays Phased Border Reopening Amid Omicron Concerns

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New Zealand Delays Phased Border Reopening Amid Omicron Concerns

New Zealand postponed plans to reopen its borders to citizens and international travelers until the end of February. The country will also accelerate its booster program to slow down the Omricon variant’s spread.

All evidence so far points to Omicron being the most transmissible variant yet, and public health advice suggests that soon every case coming in through our border into our managed isolation facilities will be the Omicron variant. Our immediate job right now must be to slow it down, and to delay it from entering the New Zealand community for as long as we possibly can. Cabinet has decided to push back the date for self-isolation for those traveling from Australia from the 17th of January to the end of February, so that we can accelerate the rollout of that booster program and have as many people boosted with their vaccination before we have people isolating at home across the international border. Around three million New Zealanders will be due to get their booster by the end of February, and assuming most of this group get their booster on time, at that point, we will be far better protected from Omicron.

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