Covid LIVE: ‘It will get worse again’ – expert sounds alarm as ‘honeymoon’ over

Covid: Butterworth suggests ‘lockdown of the unvaccinated’

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Professor Tim Spector, head of the Zoe app (the world’s largest study into coronavirus) has predicted that any significant rise in case rates will be down to children infecting unvaccinated people, stating that the ‘honeymoon’ of half term which had helped to suppress infections is over.

He said: “I think it’s going to be a story of areas of the country that have these pockets of unvaccinated people that are going to suffer the most.

“And that could be within regions – around certain hospitals, particularly deprived parts of the country. I think that’s where we are going to see some of these problems.”

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New Zealand sets date for reopening border to tourists

New Zealand has set a date for reopening its borders for tourists, after nearly two years of restrictions. 

International travellers will be allowed to visit New Zealand from April 30, but will have to self isolate for seven days on arrival. 

Vaccinated New Zealanders and residence holders in Australia will be able to travel to New Zealand from January 16. 

Response Minister Chris Hipkins said: 

A phased approach to reconnecting with the world is the safest approach to ensure risk is carefully managed.

“This reduces any potential impacts on vulnerable communities and the New Zealand health system.”

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