Covid-19: MIQ processes largely unchanged as expert warns of risk of new strains

A Stuff article.

New Zealand’s managed isolation processes remain largely the same in the wake of the highly-transmissible United Kingdom and South Africa Covid-19 strains being found at the border, despite an expert’s concerns of increased risk.

Since December 13, there have been 19 cases of the UK variant caught at the border, and one case of the South Africa variant. Both are believed to be 50 to 70 per cent more transmissible than other variants.

Epidemiologist Dr Michael Baker warned the risk of an outbreak has risen following the emergence of the strains, saying “we have to take extra steps to manage this risk”.

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