Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2022

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This article documents the chronology of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2022, which originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Some developments may become known or fully understood only in retrospect. Reporting on this pandemic began in December 2019.

Reactions and measures in the United Nations

Reactions and measures in Africa

Reactions and measures in the Americas

Reactions and measures in the Eastern Mediterranean

20 February

Reactions and measures in Europe

Reactions and measures in South, East and Southeast Asia

3 February

  • Malaysia launched its mass vaccination programme for children aged between five and 11 years in order to protect the health of its youngest members and to boost its high national vaccination rate. [2]

Reactions and measures in the Western Pacific

1 February

  • The Tongan Government has announced that the island country would go into lockdown at 6pm on 2 February after two positive cases were detected.[3]

3 February

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a five-stage plan to reopen the country's borders between late February and October 2022 by extending self-isolation to vaccinated New Zealand citizens and residents followed by travellers from all over the world. Unvaccinated travellers will be required to undergo managed isolation.[4]

14 February

  • New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern announced that the country would move to Phase Two of the Government's Omicron plan at 11.59pm on 15 February. Under Phase Two, the self-isolation period for positive cases will be reduced from 14 to 10 days and 10 to seven days for contacts. In addition, critical workers will be allowed to resume work if they can return daily rapid antigen tests.[5]
  • The New Zealand Government announced that fully vaccinated New Zealanders returning from Australia will only need to spend seven days in isolation from late February 2022.[6]
  • The NZ Government removed Tonga from its quarantine free travel list due to rising cases in the island country. Tongans entering the country from 15 February will have to undergo rapid antigen testing while those entering from 22 February will be required to self-isolate for seven days and undergo rapid antigen testing.[7]

20 February

24 February

  • New Zealand's COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced that the country will enter "phase three" of its Omicron response plan at 11:59 pm on 24 February in response to rising case numbers. Under phase three, only confirmed cases and their household contacts will be required to isolate. In addition, rapid antigen testing will be rolled out to the public.[9][10]

28 February

  • The New Zealand Cabinet announced plans to accelerate the reopening of the country's borders and eliminate self-isolation requirements. From 3 March, vaccinated travellers will not be required to self-isolate. From 5 March, New Zealanders and other eligible critical workers will be able to enter the country. From 13 March, most temporary visa holders including working holiday visa and Recognised Seasonal Employer workers will be able to enter without having to self-isolate.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Israel to welcome all tourists regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status". Global News. 20 February 2022. Archived from the original on 20 February 2022. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Yelps, tears as Malaysia starts COVID-19 vaccinations for young children". Channel News Asia. 3 February 2022. Archived from the original on 4 February 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Tonga to enter lockdown after port workers test positive for Covid-19". Radio New Zealand. 1 February 2022. Archived from the original on 2 February 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Covid-19: Border reopening for New Zealanders confirmed for end of February - what you need to know". Radio New Zealand. 3 February 2022. Archived from the original on 3 February 2022. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
  5. ^ "New Zealand to move to Phase 2 of Omicron plan - Jacinda Ardern". Radio New Zealand. 14 February 2022. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  6. ^ Forrester, Georgia (14 February 2022). "Covid-19: Travelling from Aussie? Your self-isolation time just got cut back to 7 days". Stuff. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Arrivals from Tonga will soon have to self-isolate due to rising Covid-19 cases". Radio New Zealand. 14 February 2022. Archived from the original on 14 February 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  8. ^ "'Fortress Australia' to welcome tourists for first time under Covid". Radio New Zealand. 20 February 2022. Archived from the original on 20 February 2022. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  9. ^ Palmer, Russell (24 February 2022). "Omicron phase three: What you need to know". Radio New Zealand. Archived from the original on 24 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  10. ^ "Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: 6137 Covid cases and one death today; Omicron phase 3 response from midnight". The New Zealand Herald. 24 February 2022. Archived from the original on 24 February 2022. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Jacinda Ardern provides post-Cabinet briefing on border restrictions, Ukraine". Radio New Zealand. 28 February 2022. Archived from the original on 28 February 2022. Retrieved 28 February 2022.