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.
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 is giving up its zero tolerance approach to eradicating Covid as the country struggles to contain a delta outbreak in Auckland. pic.twitter.com/co46JMWGdI
– Quick take from Bloomberg (@Quicktake) October 4, 2021
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.
New Zealand is abandoning its “Covid zero” goal of eliminating the coronavirus. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern acknowledged the end of the strategy seven weeks after a lockdown that failed to stop an outbreak of the Delta variant. https://t.co/NmMx4PsmJz pic.twitter.com/dM2OPxLsk9
– The New York Times (@nytimes) October 4, 2021
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.
“For this outbreak, it is clear that long periods of heavy restrictions have not led to zero cases. But that’s okay,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. https://t.co/NwzaRFGiby
– Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 4, 2021
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.