NZ moves to phase 2 of Omicron response from today

Highlights NZ moves to phase 2 of Omicron strategy Isolation period for positive cases reduced from 14 days to 10 days New Zealand reported a record number of 981 cases on Monday. Inspite of that, It is going ahead with phase two of its st...

COVID-19- What is NZ government’s contact exemption scheme?

Highlights Government’s new scheme seeks to avoid supply chain disruptions The scheme entails that close contacts can keep going back if they return a rapid antigen test The New Zealand government has come out with a new close contac...

Why have protestors gathered around the Parliament?

Highlights Thousands of people in cars, motorbikes and other vehicles have assembled around the Parliament. They are protesting against the NZ Government’s COVID-19-related mandates and restrictions. Numerous protestors have gathered...

New Zealand announces plans for phased border opening

Highlights New Zealand to start opening its borders on 27 February. The plans include 5 phases across 2022. MIQ to be discontinued for most vaccinated people. The Government confirmed that it was opening its borders from February 27 in fi...

NZ moves to Red light settings, businesses switch to off-site model

New Zealand has been placed under the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions and moved back to red light settings, after an outbreak of the Omicron variant. Red light settings are not a lockdown. Main restrictions include a cap of 100 vaccinated p...

Has COVID-19 pandemic proven more hostile to developing economies?

Highlights  Unlike advanced economies, developing countries would not be able to achieve pre-pandemic economic levels by 2023. As per the WHO, 85% of people in Africa have not received a single COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 36 countries hav...

How to improve your work from home set up for the third year of the pandemic?

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, several researchers had predicted that this virus is going to stay with us for a couple of years at least. However, the general public was optimistic and with the efficient rollout of vaccines, everybody thought t...

Latest global tally of COVID-19 cases & the spread of Omicron variant!

Highlights COVID-19 cases are on a surge once again as the virus continues to emerge in new forms due to mutations. Omicron variant has spread and been detected in 89 countries globally. Till date, the United States report the highest number o...

Reality check: Can current COVID-19 vaccines fight Omicron?

A new strain of coronavirus SARS-Cov-2, Omicron has become a hot topic of discussion worldwide for its increasing number of cases across different countries. The United Nations’ specialised agency for international public health, World Healt...

Can COVID-19 vaccines help protect from Omicron variant?

Highlights Omicron is a highly divergent variant with a greater number of mutations. Numerous studies and analyses are underway to assess the effectiveness of vaccines on Omicron, a variant of concern. The WHO has suggested that the global COV...