We need a layered strategy — depending on the amount of community transmission – to ensure the response isn't the same every time with each snap lockdown: to close schools. Here's how to do it.
Without improvements to New Zealand's 'makeshift' border quarantine system the risk of further community cases of COVID-19 variants remains high.
Despite the latest tweaks to border testing rules, the risk of imported infection remains very high. NZ's wider response needs upgrading —including reducing the large numbers of infected returnees.
A person wears a protective face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as they walk past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital on Nov. 18, 2020.
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Saving the economy requires minimizing, if not eliminating, community COVID-19 transmission.
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With six COVID-19 incursions in three months, New Zealand needs to change its approach to border control to reduce the risk of quarantine staff catching the virus from travellers.