During the start of the coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand stood out as one of the most successful nations in dealing with COVID-19.
However, in the last month the country has reported a worrying increase in the number of infected due to the Delta variant.
This has forced the authorities to adopt a new approach to the health emergency. At a press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said that the country will abandon the strategy of total elimination of COVID-19 and adopt a new policy of learning to live with the virus and trying to achieve high vaccination rates.
“Elimination was important because we did not have vaccines. Now we have them, so we can start to change the way we do things. We have more options and we have good reason to be optimistic about the future, but we cannot rush, “said Arden.
In this way, the nation’s health authorities seek to encourage vaccinations, as an efficient way to reduce the number of infected. It should be remembered that, a few months ago, New Zealand had chosen to delay inoculations.
“Vaccines mean that in the future we will be able to do things differently, but even then, our strategy remains: as long as the cases continue, we want to control the virus, end the cases and prevent hospital admissions. With vaccines we have more options ”.
Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, has been under quarantine since August 17.
To date, the country records only 4,382 infections and 27 people have died due to COVID-19.