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Policy report

This report summarises a series of analyses conducted by the Social Wellbeing Agency to determine the effectiveness of several responses aiming to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This involved comparing data on COVID-19 policies to reported case rates in New Zealand and 49 similar countries.

Key findings:

  • The most commonly implemented policies across the countries examined related to containment and closure, such as workplace closures and restriction of movement.
  • These type of policies significantly reduced COVID-19 case numbers.
  • About 40% of the time, countries introduced or strengthened policies in multiple areas at the same time (across the four groupings of containment and closure; economic; health system; and vaccinations).
Related Information

Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker https://apo.org.au/node/303043

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