Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference on Monday that New Zealand would abandon the strategy of completely eradicating Covid-1 from the country, adopting a new policy of learning to live with the virus and trying to achieve high vaccination rates.
“Even with our long-term sanctions, we have clearly not reached zero,” Ardern told a regular daily news conference that was broadcast live. YouTube.
“Eradication was important because we did not have the vaccine. Now we do, so we can start to change the way we work. We have more options and have good reason to be optimistic about the future. But we can’t rush, ”Ardern said.
“That’s why we need to control and control the virus as much as possible when we move from a place where we use heavy restrictions only to places where we use the vaccine in the public health system every day,” Ardern added.
The country’s largest city, Auckland, has been under severe lockdown since August 17 in a single mystery incident Was detected. That single episode of Covid-1 of is quickly becoming a dozen every day, and while most New Zealanders supported the lockdown when they assumed it would last a few weeks, those weeks spanned a few months.
Aucklanders are living under restrictions that only allow them to buy food, go to the pharmacy or doctor, exercise outside and get vaccinated against Covid-1. Auckland bans are set to be relaxed tomorrow, outdoor gatherings of multiple families have been allowed and most retailers are expected to return After a week or two, But Ardern warned that many restrictions would remain in place until the country achieves a high immunization rate above 0% of the eligible population.
New Zealand was slow to introduce the Covid-1 vaccine, leaving other rich countries behind in that respect. But vaccination did not make sense because the whole country was living like 2019, virus free. According to the country’s health ministry, only 48% of New Zealanders 12 years of age or older have been fully vaccinated, while 79% have received at least one dose. Website.
Five million countries have reported just 4,382 cases and 27 deaths from the disease since the New Zealand epidemic began. According to Prime Minister Ardern, it is now a priority to keep the case number low during the slow pace of opening up the country, such as international travel. Air New Zealand announced over the weekend that it would require all international visitors Completely vaccinated To get on its plane against Kovid-1 against New Zealand is expected to resume international travel in early 2022.
As recently as a few months ago, at least seven countries, including New Zealand, are still pursuing a “covid-zero” strategy of complete elimination, Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. But the delta variant of the Covid-1 of has forced a reassessment of whether it is possible to eliminate most of the jurisdiction.
Ironically, despite being the origin of the coronavirus, China is still following the Covid-Zero strategy. China reported 42 New Covid-1 cases On Monday, though, there were 15 asymptomatic cases, which the government does not count as “real” cases. In a country of 1.4 billion people, dozens of new coronavirus cases are the equivalent of covid-zero every day.
Some in western China are skeptical of the official Kovid-1 numbers, but the country has used a tool that other countries have not used to defeat the disease: mass testing. When the mysterious events of Kovid-1 of came up, China sometimes inspected whole cities, got swabs from there. Millions of people In just a week. The Chinese government may be officially massaging the number of cases and the number of deaths, but once the Kavid-1 outbreak outbreak is extremely difficult to hide. The most logical explanation is that China is using mass testing to control the Covid-119.
The mass test was discussed as a Possibility But the Trump administration is actively undermining public health systems that allow the virus to develop, according to U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Anthony Fawcett. Sadly, former President Donald Trump never paid any real price for making millions of people sick and letting millions die under his watch.
Hong Kong reported zero new Covid-1 cases on Sunday, and only 12,226 Covid-19 cases and 213 people have died since the epidemic began. Despite the recent crackdown on the region by Beijing, the semi-autonomous region still operates its own borders and operates Covid-1 prevention.
Importantly, it was not the delta strain of Taiwan’s latest geovirus that lasted from the end of May to the end of June, forcing one to wonder how the country would manage a future outbreak with a more contagious strain. On top of that, Taiwan reported 700 cases of Kovid-1 of 2 May before the case was reopened through lockdown, testing and contact tracing. Currently, there are an average of 9 cases per day in Taiwan.
Will China, Hong Kong and Taiwan be able to escape the fate of New Zealand, despite surrendering to Covid-1 to be very close to eradication? Only time will tell. But you can’t help them succeed from afar. Every country feels like a time capsule from 2019 at this point.