Chris Bishop presents National’s plan to reopen


National Covid-19 spokesman Chris Bishop said the party’s border plan aims to keep Covid-19 low that does not unduly impact the public health system, while restrictions are relaxed.

National today unveiled the party’s plan to first end the lockdowns and then reopen to the world based on two vaccination goals.

Vaccinated returnees from low-risk areas would need Covid-19 testing before departure and arrival – and if all were clear, they would be free to enter Aotearoa without having to self-isolate.

There would be seven days of home isolation for those coming from medium risk locations.

Those traveling from red zones would still head to managed isolation for 14 days.

The bishop said Checkpoint in this scenario, around 50 cases per day would be a low level.

“It is literally impossible to build a model that incorporates all the variables,” he said.

“The point to remember is that vaccination is the key.”

He said under the national plan, Queensland could soon be a candidate with an 80% vaccination rate and very low levels of Covid-19.

“We would say at this point that doubly vaccinated Kiwifruit travelers can also hop on a plane with a pre-departure test and an arrival test here in New Zealand and as long as they are both negative they could enter. in the community. “

He said the UK or US would be examples of medium-risk places since Covid was manageable but was in the community – but ultimately which places were mid-level would be determined by health experts public.

Bishop said he accepted that the opening of the borders meant there would be a “low level” of spread in the community, but it was already in the community with 45 community cases reported today.

He said National’s plan also outlined a 10-point plan to minimize the risk of Covid-19 in the community, which included things like contact tracing, saliva testing and specially designed quarantine facilities.

Bishop said it was possible to deal with Covid-19 in the community when there were around 50 cases or a little more per day.

He said that was as long as the search for contracts was carried out for people infected with Covid-19 and they were in isolation.

Regarding Te PÅ«naha Matatini’s Covid-19 modeling, Bishop said Shaun Hendy’s modeling did not include ubiquitous rapid antigen tests, saliva tests, a supercharged vaccination plan, and Covid-19 treatments that were not in New Zealand.

“Some of the things we offer are in the Hendy model, but a lot are not.”

Bishop acknowledged that some cases of Covid-19 would end up in hospital, but said they had a plan to increase the number of intensive care nurses and doctors through the immigration system.

Bishop said National’s plan was comprehensive and well thought out.

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