ENTERING RECOVERY PHASE
New Zealand under pressure to open up its borders as it seeks to restart its economy.
- With a new cabinet line up to focus on COVID-19 containment and economic recovery, the government has created a NZ$50 billion COVID response and recovery fund targeted at new initiatives addressing both the immediate and longer term impact of the pandemic.
- Tourism New Zealand revealed that domestic tourism is insufficient in sustaining the tourism industry amidst the pandemic.
- On 22 November, New Zealand reported nine new imported cases with zero community transmissions.
- A passenger on a recent long-haul flight to New Zealand infected four other passengers, and had tested negative for the coronavirus before boarding.
- During first talks between PM Jacinda Ardern and US President-elect Joe Biden, PM Ardern had offered access to New Zealand’s senior health officials to share their experience with containing the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Three Chinese cities claimed that traces of coronavirus were found in beef, tripe and pork imported from Brazil, Bolivia, New Zealand and Argentina. The NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that the Government has not been officially informed by Chinese authorities, but clarified that NZ’s beef was not the source.