New Zealand expands national blockade amid growing criticism of strategy


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern extended the blockade of the country’s COVID-19 on Monday, saying the current outbreak has not peaked and is more certain about the Delta variant. CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus Is required.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the whole country remains at “warning level 4” until 11:59 pm on August 27. The area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAuckland, the epicenter of the recent outbreak of 35 CCP virus cases, will be subject to the strictest regulations in the country until at least August 31st.

“I still don’t believe we’ve reached the peak, or necessarily the end, of this outbreak,” Ardan said at a press conference in Wellington’s capital. “That means that the safest option for all of us right now is to keep the course longer.”

“Six days after the outbreak, we are building the big picture of the delta’s expanse,” she added. “There are still many unanswered questions and we need more certainty in Delta.”

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director of Health Ashley Bloomfield will attend the COVID-19 update and post-cabinet press conference at the Beehive Theater in Wellington, New Zealand on August 23, 2021. (Robert Chitin / Pool / Getty Images)

Under Level 4, the highest level of blockade in the country, everyone needs to be at home and only physical contact with those in the household bubble is allowed. Businesses and schools will be closed and only essential services will be operated.

NS Latest government updates The total number of cases that have occurred in the community is 107. Of the latest 35 cases, 33 were identified in Auckland and 2 in Wellington.

Last week, the discovery of a single “assumed” Delta incident was all that was needed to bring the country back to a complete state blockade.

Health officials announced last week that a 58-year-old man from Auckland has not been identified, but genome sequencing has not yet been completed, but he may have been infected with a delta mutant. Ardan forced a three-day national blockade of the incident that began around midnight on August 17.

The outbreak of the Delta variant casts doubt on Ardan’s snap-lockdown and border-restriction approaches that have shrunk New Zealand’s economy.

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A huge sign near the main runway at Wellington International Airport welcomes travelers returning to Wellington, New Zealand on April 19, 2021. (NickPerryAP Photo)

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand postponed interest rate hikes last week following the outbreak and blockade. The World Bank’s chief economist said on Monday that the outbreak was not yet a “game changer” but caused economic uncertainty.

“For now, everyone agrees … elimination is the strategy,” Ardan said in a briefing on Monday in support of her CCP virus strategy. “While we continue to vaccinate people, there is no discussion or debate between us as it is the safest option for us.”

New Zealand has recorded only 2,698 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, killing 26 people. according to Ministry of Public Health.

Approximately 20% of 5.1 million New Zealanders are fully vaccinated, approximately 1.75 million are first dosed and over 1 million are vaccinated twice.

Earlier this month, Ardan also Borders remain closed for international travelers For the rest of the year, she added that she hopes to gradually and carefully resume after the New Year.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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