- There is a total of 1,560 number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, with no new COVID-19 case reported in the last 24 hours.
- Earlier, the NZ government was taking care of all expenses during isolation or quarantine facilities; however, on 29 July 2020, the government disclosed plans to start charging some Kiwis returning to Aotearoa.
- The travellers required to pay for their managed isolation hotel stay, and the charges will be NZ$3,100 per room.
- The New Zealand Treasury is conducting work across government on economic response to COVID-19 to mitigate the financial blow.
New Zealand government is continuously making efforts to maintain strict and adequate border control to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the country has successfully managed to control the spread of the virus. However, few new cases of residents returning home from overseas carrying the virus have increased the concern of the government.
According to the New Zealand Health Ministry, there are a total 1,560 number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases as of 31 July 2020, with 20 active ones. In the last 24 hours, no new COVID-19 cases were reported in the country.
In New Zealand, border restrictions are in place, and borders of the country are closed for travellers, with some exceptions to the closure for the person-
- Who qualifies as someone to whom the border closure does not apply.
- Who has a critical reason for travel while the border is closed and grant him/her a visa recognising this.
Individuals from any other countries are not allowed to enter in New Zealand at this time, with the exemption of being essential workers or visiting for any medical reason. Moreover, these persons also require to apply for an Immigration New Zealand for an exception to the border closure.
Isolation and Quarantine Before Entering in the community
Before entering in the New Zealand community, individuals must stay in isolation or quarantine (as per their symptoms) for a minimum of 14 days and then they can go after submitting their negative COVID-19 report. If returnees have no signs of COVID-19, they shall stay in a managed isolation facility. If they have symptoms, they will be moved to a quarantine facility.
This is an essential measure for preventing COVID-19 transmission into the communities in the country.
New Zealand government is taking every precautionary measure for the prevention of COVID-19 spread in the country. After completing 14 days in isolation, a compete final health check of returnees shall be carried out to confirm a negative COVID-19 case, or not a probable case without any symptoms of COVID-19 and body temperature below 38 degrees Celsius.
Once the returnees tested negative for the coronavirus infection after completing the quarantine or isolation period, they can go to the communities in the country.
Exclusions from managed isolation- A minimal number of individuals may be eligible for an exemption from managed isolation, such as those with severe medical conditions that cannot be handled in the accommodation provided.
As a rule, those given an extraordinary circumstance release still need to complete 7-day isolation, have a negative COVID-19 test on or around the third day and a full health assessment before they can leave the isolation.
NZ government stated that there would be no exemption if the person has become symptomatic with coronavirus infection during a stay in managed isolation and have been shifted to a quarantine hotel.
COVID-19 Quarantine fees
Till now, the New Zealand government was taking care of all the expenditures during isolation in quarantine facilities.
However, on 29 July 2020, NZ government finally disclosed its plans to commence charging some New Zealanders returning to Aotearoa. However, the list of exceptions will be long, and the money raised will not come close to covering the cost of managed-isolation.
As per the NZ government, travellers are now required to pay for their managed isolation hotel stay and the charges will be NZ$3,100 per room and NZ$950 for each extra adult and NZ$475 per child.
New Zealand government revealed the legislation on 29 July 2020 that the government intends to be rushed via Parliament in the upcoming two weeks before the election. It will require a managed isolation & quarantine (MIQ) charge for people-
- Who leave the country when the legislation comes into effect.
- Who are visiting the country temporarily.
Economic Downfall, How Kiwis are Dealing With it?
Economies across the globe are on course to face the worst fall in GDP figures since the great depression. As per the Westpac economists, New Zealand might be on track for a ‘V-shaped’ economic recovery as the decline in the country’s GDP looks likely to fall on the moderate end of anticipations.
The New Zealand agriculture industry has weathered the COVID-19 storm quite well. However, the service region businesses have experienced no movement in the past few months. With international tourists unlikely to come back anytime shortly, the drag on demand is expected to continue till a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 comes in the market.
According to media reports, Canada's minister of small business, export & international trade spoke with New Zealand's minister of police, fisheries, revenue & small business, as the two nations take action to support in keeping their residents safe and work to recover the economy from the COVID-19 turmoil.
In New Zealand, the Treasury is the lead economic and financial adviser of the government who provides strategic assistance on the current as well as future New Zealand economy. The role of Treasury is to help the NZ government in achieving higher living standards for Kiwis. Moreover, the focus of Treasury is on the attempts of several critical regions supporting the goals of the NZ government and have a positive effect on the lives of Kiwis.
The Treasury is conducting work across the government on the country’s economic response to COVID-19-
- To mitigate the financial blow to whanau & families, workers, businesses, and communities from the negative effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
- To position the country for recovery.
- To reset and reconstruct the economy.