After implementing the toughest Covid-1 policies for more than a year and a half, New Zealand has decided to abandon its “zero Covid-1” strategy and try to live with the CCP virus, also known as the novel coronavirus.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to relax lockdown restrictions in Auckland, shifting her government’s focus to vaccinations.
“As you can see, it’s incredibly difficult to get back into the air with this outbreak and Delta. Our restrictions alone are not enough to achieve this quickly, ”Ardern told a news conference. “In fact, for this outbreak, it is clear that there have been heavy restrictions for a long time [sic] Didn’t take us to zero case. ”
In March 2020, Ardern instructed everyone arriving in the country to self-isolate for 14 days. At the time, he said the country had “the widest and toughest restrictions in any country in the world,” the ITV report said.
A few days later, the Ardern closed the border completely to almost all non-citizens or residents.
In August, after the country’s first CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus case was identified in Auckland in six months, Arden brought New Zealand under a severe lockdown.
New Zealand’s level of caution Under the four-highest level of ban, people are instructed to stay home, close schools and businesses without the necessary services (such as supermarkets, pharmacies and clinics) and lifeline utilities. Travel is severely limited. Supply rationing and convenience requirements are implemented.
“But that’s right. Eradication was important because we didn’t have the vaccine,” Ardern defended his strict policies. “Now we do. So we can start changing the way we work.”
Currently, about 65 per cent of New Zealanders have at least one dose and 40 per cent have been fully vaccinated. Among people 12 years of age or older, about 79 percent had at least one job.
Ardern said in September that he was targeting a 90 percent vaccination rate before moving away from the lockdown order.
Under Ardern’s plan, which starts Wednesday, Aucklanders will be able to meet with other families, but the gathering will be outside and will not be more than 10 people. Early learning centers may bring back more children. People will be able to go to the beach, play ball and take part in other recreational activities but must be outside and have less than 10 people at a time.
The government’s zero-tolerance approach was widely supported by New Zealanders. The country of 5 million has so far reported only 227 virus deaths.
But Ardern has faced increasing criticism. Over the weekend, thousands of people protested the lockdown at multiple locations in Auckland and across the country.
Protesters have claimed they have been under house arrest for the past six weeks, “How many more lockdowns before they take away all our freedom?”
The nation’s economy has been booming due to delta variability and continued lockdowns.
According to Reuters, a total of 11 per cent of the companies surveyed expected general business conditions to deteriorate. Compared to the net 7.0 per cent positive reading in the previous quarter, the quarterly survey of business opinion from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research found.
“Uncertainty over how the latest outbreak will develop and how long the control restrictions will remain seems to have eroded confidence and created more caution among traders to invest,” the report said.
Ardern said during Monday’s briefing that most measures, including the search for infected contacts and the isolation of infected people, would remain in place.
Mimi Nguyen Lai and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times