Reduced locations of interest as Omicron spreads

Captains Restaurant in Queenstown is closed due to Covid-19.  It is not currently listed on the Ministry of Health's Places of Interest.

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Captains Restaurant in Queenstown is closed due to Covid-19. It is not currently listed on the Ministry of Health’s Places of Interest.

A drop in Covid-19 places of interest isn’t the good news you might think – the list is now too long and publishing casual contact places has been deemed ‘not a priority’ by the Ministry of Health. Health.

On Tuesday, there were 2,846 new community cases in the Covid-19 outbreak and a record 143 people hospitalized with the virus.

Since moving into phase two, the ministry now prioritizes posting high-risk landmarks and rarely posts occasional landmarks.

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When there were fewer community cases across the country, casual contact locations of interest were regularly published. People at these locations were told to “self-monitor” for symptoms for ten days.

“When there was a lower prevalence of Covid-19 in the community, occasional places of interest were used to highlight an event where members of the public might have been exposed, causing them to self-identify. isolate for symptoms, but not to get tested,” a ministry spokesperson said.

“Now, with a higher prevalence of Covid-19 in the community, casual places of interest are not a priority as anyone with symptoms is urged to be tested.”

The ministry added that with the increasing spread of the virus, it was important that Kiwis get tested if they develop symptoms.

High-risk close contacts would still be published.

These included events where members of the public were in direct contact with someone with Covid-19 when they were contagious, such as robberies, which now make up the majority of places of interest.

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