Minister of Health, Chris Hipkins said effective contact tracing is essential for the pandemic response and hence the government is doing a community-wide trial of CovidCard technology. The technology explores the options of contact tracing. He said it is significant from a public health perspective and for social and economic recovery. Digital solutions can make this process more effective and speedier. Hence, the Government needs to explore all possible technology options for contact tracing.
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said NZ and Australia both countries realize the significance of close collaboration to face the challenges of the pandemic world. He added that the close association is more vital during the tough times. He met with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne, virtually for biannual Foreign Minister Consultations, and the two talked about how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked on a range of topics that also include their close association in the pacific and other concerns of interest in the broader Indo-Pacific region.
The Minister for Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media has praised the Ultra-fast Broadband (UFB) programme on its key milestone of joining over 1 million New Zealand businesses and households to UFB. The UFB network is a long-term program, and it did not experience any capacity restrictions and performed exceptionally well during the COVID-19 lockdown period. At 30 June, UFB was accessible to 83 percent of New Zealand’s population.
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