PM Jacinda Ardern abandons plans for COVID-19 elimination
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Ardern signaled the change of strategy on Monday as she announced a lockdown affecting Auckland would be scaled back in phases, starting on Wednesday.
The Pacific nation was among just a handful of countries to bring COVID-19 cases down to zero until an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant in mid-August frustrated efforts to stamp out transmission.
“This is a change in approach we were always going to make over time. Our Delta outbreak has accelerated this transition. Vaccines will support it,” she said.
The country recorded 29 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total number in the current outbreak to 1,357.
Most of the infections are in Auckland, which has been in lockdown for almost 50 days.
Under mounting pressure, Ms Ardern said her strategy was never to have zero cases, but to aggressively stamp out the virus.
She added that strict lockdowns would end once 90 per cent of the eligible population was vaccinated.
About 2 million New Zealanders have so far been fully vaccinated, or about 48 per cent of the eligible population.
Ms Ardern said the Delta variant felt like “a tentacle that has been incredibly hard to shake”.
“But it’s OK … elimination was important because we didn’t have vaccinations. Now we do, so we can begin to change the way we do things.”
Her stupid stance has not gne unnoticed overseas either. Below is comments from the Daily Mail. Not many support her.