According to a Reuters report, New Zealand Prime Minister Jassinda Arder has announced plans to reopen New Zealand’s borders due to increased labor shortages due to increased pressure from businesses and the government. In 2020 and 2021, Prime Minister Arder received international recognition for closing the country’s borders until March 2020 to help control the transmission of CV-19.
The success of New Zealand’s outbreak at the time of the outbreak was due to the country’s massive evacuation strategy, which was only 100 days after it reported the first case. According to Baker and others, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, COVID-19 was introduced to New Zealand at the beginning of the regular influx of tourists and students from China and Europe. In fact, according to Contagion Live, the authors’ disease models estimate the prevalence of COVID-19, which puts a strain on the health care system and has a disproportionate impact on minorities such as the Maori and Pacific peoples. However, due to a lack of testing and contact-monitoring resources, in mid-March 2020, the New Zealand government reviewed COVID-19 strategy to completely eliminate the virus. According to Contagion Live, this most important strategy was in the form of a national lock on March 26, 2020.
Although Prime Minister Arder’s strategy to close New Zealand’s borders helped control the spread of COVID-19, it also put pressure on the country’s economy, which is heavily dependent on migrant labor. According to a July 2021 report by Reuters, a severe shortage of migrant workers has sparked protests among businesses and workers in labor unrest.
The New Zealand Restaurant Association, which organized the protest, said in a statement: Losing them is enough to make a big difference, and it can hurt business on the roads. According to Reuters, some restaurants in Oakland and other major cities have been temporarily closed due to staff shortages or to give some workers a break.
He urged the government to lift travel restrictions, not only in the restaurant industry, but also in the dairy, horticulture, housing, services, health and wider public sectors. On July 27, Al Jazeera reported that more than 30,000 nurses were preparing to go on strike in search of better pay and working conditions. “We rely on internationally qualified nurses to meet our human needs,” said Glenda Alexander, director of industry services at New Zealand Nurses. The hospitality sector is also overworked. According to Reuters, about 2,000 restaurants across the country shut down and part of a two-month campaign on Tuesday to draw government attention to chefs and other trained laborers.
According to Reuters, Prime Minister Arderin will be cautious when the New Zealand government launches a new six-month plan for public health and border control. “Any changes in boundary settings will be carefully considered in stages based on hazards. “We have come a long way and have gained a lot of freedom,” Arder said.
On August 2, Reuters reported that New Zealand’s Prime Minister Arderin had decided to open a one-way trip to Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu to help fight labor shortages in the agricultural industry. If there are not enough workers in New Zealand, this new travel policy will only apply to qualified workers in accordance with the current employer plan, which allows for seasonal training in the horticulture sector. Reuters reports that they are calling on the government to revise the plan to include a steady stream of manpower. New Zealand’s unemployment rate is similar to that of pre-epidemic levels, and there are not enough skilled workers to fill the vacancies. New Zealand’s low usage rate, which measures how many people work below the required level, is low.
Prime Minister Arderne and New Zealand policymakers are increasingly concerned about the evolving COVID-19 delta in neighboring Australia and around the world. According to Nicki Minaj, the delta epidemic across Australia has prevented the “travel bubble” between Australia and New Zealand from allowing free travel between the two countries. Experts warn that if the delta gap reaches New Zealand, only 21% of the population will be fully vaccinated and the locks could be extended, Reuters reported. “He (Delta) is more dangerous than other species of covad,” he told Prime Minister Arder.
To control the spread of COVID-19, New Zealand can launch several immunization programs, such as the one in Manuka (South Oakland) recently. According to Xinhua News, New Zealand has launched a mass vaccination program in Manuka, vaccinating more than 5,000 people a day. The Oakland District Health Board stated that the program is designed to enable more people to get effective immunizations in one place in a short period of time.
The government, meanwhile, must take into account the differences between vaccines in the Pacific and the rest of the population. According to New Zealand media, only 50,244 people in the Pacific have been vaccinated, out of a total of more than 700,000 New Zealanders who have been fully vaccinated. Therefore, the government should take steps to increase immunization rates between the Pacific and Maori peoples to prevent the gap between vaccination rates between the two groups. Dr. Colin Tukuitonga, Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Auckland, said: They are relying on the carrier, or the person who owns the vehicle, to get them vaccinated. He added: “I think the gap is widening if the government and the Ministry of Health and the Woreda Health Boards do not make more efforts to support, encourage, and vaccinate people in the Pacific. I don’t think it will ever come out. ”