Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacintha Artern, Defended its strategy this Thursday Total virus removal Faced the fear of This “zero govt” principle is useless in the face of the infectious delta variant.
One case of the strain, which appeared in Auckland last week, ended six months ago in New Zealand without local infections. The largest outbreak in the country since the onset of the epidemic, 277 epidemics.
Despite the high exchangeability of this variation, Artern reassures New Zealand health experts of adopting a strategy to eradicate the virus from the country Just like they did months ago.
“In his opinion, this is not only possible, it is the best strategy and I totally agree.”After announcing 68 new local cases, the New Zealand president said on Thursday.
His Australian colleague Scott Morrison He said it was absurd to try to eradicate this epidemic this week.
“New Zealand can’t do that”, He promised.
Australia followed the Govt-Zero policy for about 18 months, But that means delta eruptions Some officials there are now talking more about regulation than elimination.
“It’s not a sustainable way to live in this country,” Morrison said. States were urged to open their borders once vaccination rates reached 80% in people aged 16 and over.
Newspaper New Zealand Herald Asked this week If Artern “chases rainbows” while trying to clear the delta Even your Govt-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, He admitted to raising “Big Questions” Regarding the effectiveness of the strategy.
“No worries,” Artern said with questions like this The success of an epidemic response in New Zealand has resulted in only 26 deaths Between one Five million population.
“We wanted to save the lives of the people, we did it; we wanted to try to live the lives of the people as normally as possible, and we have had the shortest dark periods in any country.“, He said.
“We wanted to save jobs and the economy, and we did that because the economy was running in the Govt pre-stages.”
Artern acknowledged that the delta variance had led to changes in strategyAs an early application of national locking and very widespread screening, but it retained its goal of removing the virus from the country, the samples said the eruption peaked in a few days and then subsided.
One reason why locking is considered necessary in New Zealand The vaccination rate is low, with only about 20% fully vaccinated. Severe closure means most people have to stay home and go out only to buy food or medicine or exercise.
Therefore, according to the order, Alternatives may be explored as the vaccination rate increases.
“Nobody always wants prisons, that’s not our intention …, He promised.
(With information from AFP and AP)
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