New Zealand Covid update: Ardern rejects criticism of exclusion strategy after 68 new cases | New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sacked Criticism of its ambitious strategy of elimination To eradicate Covid, as the country’s outbreak grows, he said this approach has saved lives and will continue to do so.

On Thursday, the coronavirus outbreak increased by 68 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 277. One previously reported case was reclassified after confirmation as a false positive.

Among the cases are 263 in Auckland and 14 in Wellington. many of cases among Samoa The community and associated subgroup met at the Assembly of God Church in Mangere.

The country is in a nationwide lockdown as it struggles with a delta variable outbreak. The decision to put the country on level 4 lockdown – the highest place – was made after one case surfaced in the community last week.

Speaking on Thursday, Ardern said she was “not upset” about discussing and comparing Covid strategies for different countries, and added that expert advice says New Zealand You must continue to pursue the judiciary.

“For me, and I am sure many others, the measure of success in this pandemic is not just what is happening in August of 2021. It is what has happened since February 2020, when Covid arrived in New Zealand.

“Then, and now, we had three goals: We wanted to save people’s lives, and that’s what we did. We wanted to try to live people’s lives as normally as possible and so far, we have some of the shortest periods of restrictions in any country. We wanted to save people’s jobs in the economy. With Unemployment rate is 4% and the economy is performing at pre-Covid levels, we have done that as well.”

Ardern said the goal is to move away from lockdowns, but that this can only happen after the majority of the population is vaccinated.

On Wednesday, 87,772 doses were administered – a daily record. Three million doses were distributed in total. Three-quarters of the population over the age of 30 either received a dose or was booked to receive one.

Genome sequencing linked the Auckland group to back from Australia. It is not yet known how the virus was transmitted from the traveler, who was in quarantine, into the community, but a corridor and lobby at the facility is being investigated.

On Thursday, Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said: He told the NZ Herald A potential link has been established between the facility and the case in the Manjiri subgroup – a development that could fill in the missing link in how the virus is transmitted.

There are now 495 sites listed for potential exposure, including schools, universities, hospitals, churches, pubs, restaurants, airports, a casino and rugby. More than 24,000 contacts have been identified across the country. In the August 2020 outbreak, 1,500 close contacts were identified.

Ardern said the increase in cases was not surprising, but it is good news, that of the more than 60 cases recorded on Wednesday, only three new sites were reported.

“This tells us something really important: that people are following level 4 and that we have started to reach people who have been infected since the lockdown began.”

Country Level 4 is closed until midnight Friday, with Auckland closed until midnight Tuesday next week. Ardern will keep the nation informed of any changes to a file Security Settings Friday afternoon.

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