Sunday, November 28

New Zealand Gives In: How International Media View Covid-19 Strategy


New Zealand relented on Monday, with the government finally acknowledging that it could not stop Delta’s spread, as others did long ago, according to international media coverage.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during her post-Cabinet press conference with Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield in Parliament, Wellington.  September 27, 2021.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Photo: Pool / NZME / Mark Mitchell

Much of the overseas reports on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in New Zealand despite community cases said that the government had finally recognized something that most others had done long ago.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s announcement of a three-stage roadmap to ease Tier 3 restrictions in Auckland marked a departure from the phase-out strategy.

New Zealand abandoned his Covid zero ambitions the New York Times he said, reversing course seven weeks in a lockdown that failed to end the outbreak and tested the patience of many residents.

For a year and a half, New Zealand had followed a “Covid zero” strategy, closing its borders and swiftly enforcing blockades to keep the coronavirus under control, a policy it maintained even as other Asia-Pacific countries transitioned to coexist with the virus. threat, it said.

Britain Daily mail He said New Zealand “finally recognized what most other countries realized long ago,” that it cannot “eradicate” Covid-19.

Jacinda Ardern is abandoning her draconian ‘Zero Covid’ strategy, the Mail he said, after admitting that he cannot stop the spread of the Delta variant with harsh blocking measures and aggressive contact tracing.

“The Pacific nation, which has been slow to move forward with vaccines with only 40 percent of the population fully injected, managed to clear the virus last year and remained largely free until an outbreak of the delta variant in August after for a traveler to return from Australia. “

the Daily Telegraph The coverage nodded to international astonishment in August that New Zealand had blocked apparently due to a single case.

“The Pacific nation was one of the few countries that reduced Covid-19 cases to zero last year,” he said. “Even though New Zealand went into the strictest form of lockdown after a single local case was detected, it was ultimately not enough.

“The government’s takedown approach had been widely supported by New Zealanders and helped it secure a historic election victory last year, but faced mounting criticism. Over the weekend, hundreds of people attended demonstrations protesting the shutdown.” .

The US channel Fox News described New Zealand’s strategy since the beginning of the pandemic as a “unusual” zero tolerance approach, through strict blocks and aggressive contact tracing.

Until recently, it had worked “remarkably well” allowing New Zealanders to return to “workplaces, schoolyards and sports arenas safe from any community extension.”

But New Zealand had started its vaccination campaign slowly compared to most other developed nations, and while rates soared in August after the outbreak began, they have dropped significantly again, he said.

the New scientist also chose focus on New Zealand’s shift to control the virus with vaccination, reporting that 48 percent of the eligible population has been fully inoculated, while Ardern was targeting 90 percent to avoid blockages.




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