New Zealand should adopt 'traffic light' border system

Publish Date
Tue, 10 Nov 2020, 7:48PM
Professor Michael Baker, of the University of Otago's department of public health. Photo / File
Professor Michael Baker, of the University of Otago's department of public health. Photo / File

New Zealand should adopt 'traffic light' border system

Publish Date
Tue, 10 Nov 2020, 7:48PM

Two of New Zealand's leading public health experts are calling for authorities to ditch the one-size-fits-all border control process for a risk-based approach.

The system would help facilitate travel from places free of Covid-19 while reducing the risk connected to people arriving from places with an uncontrolled spread.

The University of Otago's Associate Professor Nick Wilson and Professor Michael Baker have dubbed it the traffic-light system; Red for Covid-19 hotspots, Amber for areas with moderate community transmission, and Green for countries who have effectively eliminated the virus. 

Professor Nick Wilson told Simon and Phil the proposal wouldn't eliminate risk at the border, but it would drastically reduce it. 

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