New Zealand relax its restrictions/Rapid spread of infection in the Baltic States

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New Zealand plans to relax its strict entry restrictions for fully vaccinated people in mid-November. This will only affect citizens and residents of the Pacific nation, but not tourists. The time travelers must spend in state-run hotel quarantine will be halved from 14 to 7 days starting Nov. 14, followed by three days of home isolation, he said. Minister Chris Hipkins, who is responsible for corona measures, said this at a press conference in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, on Thursday (Oct. 28). Further relaxations would come into effect when 90 percent of the population had full vaccination protection against the virus. So far, 72 percent of the five million population has been fully vaccinated. However, it is still unclear when tourists will be allowed back into the island nation.

In the Baltic states, the virus continues to spread rapidly. Despite new restrictions, the numbers of new infections in Latvia and Estonia reached 3206 and 2025 cases within 24 hours on Wednesday (Oct. 27), respectively the highest values since the beginning of the pandemic. In Lithuania, too, infection numbers continue to climb. According to data of the national health authorities in Latvia in the past 14 days about 1737 new infections per 100 000 inhabitants were registered, in Estonia it was 1408 and in Lithuania 1365. The EU health authority ECDC shows for the three Baltic Sea states at present the highest infection rates in Europe. One reason for the rising number of cases is the low vaccination rate.

  • source: nzz.ch/picture:pixabay.com
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