EXTENDED: Country prolongs mandatory coronavirus quarantines until 2024

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New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Tuesday that a seven-day mandatory coronavirus quarantine period will be kept in place through the end of 2023 and possibly beyond.

Hipkins said his Cabinet performed a “difficult balancing act” and had to “weigh a number of things quite carefully” before deciding to keep the quarantine policy for people who test positive for Wuhan coronavirus infection.

“The isolation period serves not just to relieve pressure on the health system and result in fewer people being infected, but actually there is a labor market incentive for this as well,” he said.

“We are heading towards a point where [Wuhan coronavirus] will become normal. I would expect certainly at the latest by the end of the winter we’ll be into that zone,” Hipkins added.

“We know isolation for [Wuhan coronavirus] cases is the best way to break the chain of transmission to make sure people aren’t passing on the virus and getting other people sick,” Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said after the Cabinet meeting. “Isolation remains effective in managing spread and keeping case numbers down, and it also helps reduce pressure on our hospital services.”

New Zealand health officials favor keeping their quarantine policy in place because they felt maintaining the mandate would inspire citizens to take possible coronavirus infections more seriously. The officials also claim they feared the winter cold season could bring a surge of cases.

Nationwide, New Zealand currently averages 1,729 coronavirus cases per day on a gradual downward trend. Eight fatalities were attributed to coronavirus last week.  It’s one of the last few countries in the world that mandates quarantines for people who test positive for COVID-19. Australia has lifted quarantine requirements entirely. Italy has a five-day quarantine policy, while South Korea requires seven days. A few states in the United States have quarantine rules, such as California requiring five days.

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