a New Zealand He admitted Sunday (22) that his “zero virus” strategy may no longer be viable. With only 20% of the population fully vaccinated, the New Zealand government recognizes that the progression of the Delta variant is putting its “health system in trouble”.
This statement was made by the minister responsible for the response to Covid-19, Chris Hepkins. mentioned that k Variable delta is more convertibleThe quest to completely eradicate the virus becomes more difficult.
“The scale of the risk of infection and the speed at which the virus spreads is something that, even with the best preparation in the world, has left our healthcare system in trouble,” TVNZ said.
New Zealand’s strategy against COVID-19, which has resulted in just 26 deaths among a population of five million people, is focused on eliminating the virus from society through strict border controls and full containment when cases are detected.
As the delta variable progresses, the country plans to change its strategy. Hipkins acknowledged that Delta is “like nothing we’ve encountered before in this pandemic.”
The minister added: “Everything is changing, it means that all our current preparations are less suitable and there are great doubts about our long-term plans.”
Hepkins reported that New Zealand recorded 21 new cases in the outbreak that appeared on Tuesday (17) in Auckland. The country, which now has 71 active cases, has been free of local infections for six months.
Because of the new cases, the government has set national confinement.
The wave of new cases in New Zealand has drawn attention to the country’s vaccination campaign, where only one in five people are fully immunized. The New Zealand government opposition criticized the slow pace of the campaign.
Chris Bishop, a spokesman for the opposition National Party, complained that “the government’s complacency and inability to secure and deliver the vaccine has left us completely exposed and vulnerable to the Delta type.”
The national confinement period, set for August 17, is set to expire on Tuesday (24), but the government is considering keeping restrictions in Auckland for a longer period.
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