Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacintha Artern, Defended its strategy this Thursday Total virus removal Faced the fear of This “Zero Covit” principle is ineffective in the face of infectious delta variation.
The case of the strain, which appeared in Auckland last week, ended six months ago in New Zealand without local infections. The biggest outbreak in the country since the outbreak, 277 epidemics.
Despite the high interchangeability of this variant, Artern assured that New Zealand health experts recommend following a strategy to completely eradicate the virus from the country. Like I did many months ago.
“In his opinion, this is not only possible, it is the best strategy and I totally agree.”The New Zealand president said on Thursday after announcing 68 new local cases.
His Australian counterpart Scott Morrison He said this week that it was “absurd” to try to eliminate this contagious strain.
“New Zealand can’t do that”, He promised.
Australia followed a govt-zero policy for about 18 months, But that means delta’s runway eruptions Some officials there are now talking more about restraint than elimination.
Imprisonment is “not a standard way to live in this country,” Morrison said. It urged states to open their borders once vaccination rates reach 80% of the population aged 16 and over.
Newspaper New Zealand Herald Asked this week If Artern “chases the rainbow” while trying to clear the delta And even your Govt-19 answer minister, Chris Hipkins, He admitted to giving the pose “Big Questions” About the effectiveness of the strategy.
Artern noted that he was “not worried” about such questions The success of an epidemic response in New Zealand resulted in only 26 deaths Between one Five million people.
“We wanted to save the lives of the people, we did it;“, he said.
“We wanted to save jobs and the economy, and we did that because the economy was running at a pre-Govt level.”
Artern acknowledged that the delta variation had led to changes in strategyAs an initial application of lockdown and widespread screening nationwide, but it maintained its goal of removing the virus from the country, the models suggested that the outbreak should reach a few days and then subside.
One of the reasons why locking is considered necessary in New Zealand The vaccination rate is low, with only about 20% of the population 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 Artern, Alternatives may be explored as vaccination rates increase.
“No one wants to be permanently blocked, it’s not our intention (…) but for now, when we vaccinate, our goal is to get rid of (the virus)”, He promised.
(With information from AFP and AP)
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