Shifting all isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base: The need for a critical analysis

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Shifting all isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base: The need for a critical analysis

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Public health experts are calling for a reduction of isolation/quarantine facilities, which are mostly hotels, into one single base

In this blog the arguments for and against shifting all COVID-19 related isolation/quarantine facilities to a single air force base at Ōhakea are considered. The main advantage would be a reduction in the risk of border control failures, which can potentially involve outbreaks in NZ’s largest cities with large health and economic impacts. The main disadvantage would be reduced numbers of returnees that could be allowed back into NZ, with these returnees assisting with economic recovery. There is therefore a need for an integrated health and economic analysis with the NZ Government being explicit about its decision-making.

By Nick Wilson, Michael Baker

In this blog the assumption is made that the current Auckland outbreak of COVID-19 will be successfully controlled and NZ will regain its COVID-19 eli
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