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New Zealand advocates for preventative actions to reduce the effects of Covid

New Zealand Covid Precautions
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New Zealand is asking people to take precautions in order to limit the effect of Covid-19 during the forthcoming winter season.

According to Xinhua news agency, Health Minister Ayesha Verrall told reporters on Tuesday that staying up to date on vaccinations, staying home if sick, and wearing masks in healthcare settings are critical to mitigating the impact of the pandemic and reducing pressure on the country’s health system.

She stated that necessary procedures for patients to be isolated for seven days, as well as the usage of masks for visitors to hospital facilities, will be maintained this winter.

Likewise, the New Zealand government has added 32 additional health sector posts to the Green List’s Direct to Residence pathway to assist prepare the health system for the next winter.

“The world is currently facing a global health worker shortage, so it is vital that New Zealand’s immigration settings present a competitive offer to attract health workers to our shores,” said Immigration Minister Michael Wood.

Since the pandemic first erupted in 2020, New Zealand has reported a total of 2,286,481 Covid-19 cases and 4,045 deaths.