New Zealand changes quarantine requirement, registers 89 new COVID cases
New Zealand has announced changes to its hotel quarantine system as its Delta outbreak spreads to the South Island’s largest city.
Today, New Zealand has registered 89 more cases of COVID-19 in the community, including two in Christchurch.
The city is subject to Alert Level 2 restrictions, which do not include stay-at-home orders. The government is keeping it at those parameters for the time being.
New Zealand’s worst outbreak, which started in Auckland, is now approaching 3,000 cases of community transmission.
Today, COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins announced significant changes to the country’s managed isolation system and the country’s international border policies.
The hotel quarantine will be reduced from 14 days to seven days. Travelers will be tested on days zero, three, six, and then will be required to return a negative result on a rapid test before leaving. They will self-isolate at home until they return a negative result again on the ninth day.
Minister Hipkins said the move would free up places in the hotel quarantine system and ease pressure on the backlog of New Zealanders trying to return home from overseas.
The change will also allow more people who need to self-isolate as part of the community outbreak to enter the system.
Starting November 8, New Zealand will open its border to travelers from low-risk countries including Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Asked about travel with Australia, Mr Hipkins said it was too early to make a call.
“The challenges with Australia are of course that they go through the process of opening the internal border in Australia and we are not yet able to open the internal borders here in New Zealand,” he said. he declares.
“But of course we want to reconnect with Australia soon, as soon as we can do that safely we just aren’t able to provide any certainty as to when that will happen at this point.”
All non-New Zealand citizens entering the country will need to be fully immunized from November 1.
Report by Emilie clark