A new system of living with the virus will be adopted by New Zealand from December 3, which will put an end to the COVID-19 measures and will allow the businesses to function in its biggest city, informed Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement on Monday.
New Zealand has not been able to beat an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant of coronavirus centred in Auckland that forced Ardern to abandon her acclaimed eradication strategy and switch to a system of treating the virus as endemic. For over 90 days, New Zealand’s biggest city Auckland has been in lockdown, although some measures were relieved recently.
“The hard truth is that Delta is here and not going away, but New Zealand is well set to tackle it because of our high vaccination rates and our latest safety measures including the traffic light system and Vaccine Pass,” Ardern said.
In the new system adoption, the regions will be put into red, orange or green settings depending on their level of contact to coronavirus and vaccination rates. Auckland, which is the epicentre of the outbreak, will start in the red region.
However, the situations remain under control in India and about 83% of eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated now and if all those people who are due for their second shot get it, that number would increase to 88%. While Canada sends military to flood ravaged Pacific coast Dramatic procedures to control the spread of Coronavirus in Europe.
The country would remove the lockdown measures and move into the new traffic-light system to manage outbreaks after 90% of the eligible population who were vaccinated completely, said the government earlier.
New Zealand enforced some of the tightest pandemic restrictions among OECD nations that has helped limit the spread of Covid-19 so far and helped the economy bounce back faster than many of its peers. The country has so far reported about 7,000 cases in all and 39 deaths. Its international borders still remain shut to the rest of the world.