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Queenstown faces an ongoing crisis with current border approach

What a difference two days can make. On Friday there was near universal outrage at the Government’s decision around a slow, staged re-opening of the international border. Also, on Friday no-one had heard of the word Omicron, the name of the new and potentially more virulent variant of Covid.

The speed with which the variant has made its way from Africa to Europe and Australia is astounding and we’ve yet to see the effectiveness of the vaccines against it. Equally fast has been the government response in those countries in cutting flights and re-imposing self-isolation for arrivals. All sensible precautions while epidemiologists learn more.

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