The BBC reports:
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that that the country’s borders will remain closed until at least the end of the year. She said an elimination strategy was the best way to keep Covid-19 out and the economy open.
The prime minister also said New Zealand would move to a new individual risk-based model for quarantine-free travel from the start of next year. She stressed the priority was vaccinating the population by end 2021.
New Zealand is seen as one of the most successful countries in the world in controlling the coronavirus pandemic. The country has recorded just 26 deaths in a population of just under five million people.
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