All posts by Michael Plank

With most mandatory public health measures gone, is New Zealand well prepared for the next COVID wave?

With most mandatory public health measures gone, is New Zealand well prepared for the next COVID wave?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. New Zealand’s decision this week to end most mandatory public health measures aimed at preventing COVID transmission received a mixed response. Our modelling suggests it was time to wind back restrictions, but some measures were perhaps scrapped prematurely….

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As New Zealand relaxes restrictions, here’s what we can still do to limit COVID infections

As New Zealand relaxes restrictions, here’s what we can still do to limit COVID infections

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. New Zealanders are about to enjoy cautiously relaxed COVID restrictions under the country’s COVID-19 Protection Framework, starting from this weekend. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the relaxations today, signalling the end “for now” of vaccine passes, QR codes…

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New Zealand’s border quarantine has intercepted thousands of COVID cases, but is it time to retire the flawed system?

New Zealand’s border quarantine has intercepted thousands of COVID cases, but is it time to retire the flawed system?

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here. The controversy surrounding New Zealand journalist Charlotte Bellis, who has now accepted a place in border quarantine after initially seeking refuge in Afghanistan when her first application was declined, has highlighted confusion and concern over New Zealand’s managed…

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