Chris Hipkins says Delta outbreak has changed international reopening plan, risk-profiling of countries may be scrapped

A Stuff article.

Covid-19 Minister Chris Hipkins says the Government’s bold “reopening” plan for the world will have to be completely reworked in the light of the new outbreak.

The plan, unveiled last month, would have seen select vaccinated Kiwis able to self-isolate at home in the latter parts of this year after travelling overseas, and a more gradual reopening in 2022.

Key to the plan was a risk-profiling of other countries, so places with high rates of vaccination and low levels of Covid-19 could be treated differently to places where the virus was rampant.

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