New Zealand Recorded the highest increase in Covid Cases since April 2020, just a day later Jacinda Ardern Extension of the country is very cruel Close In a move described by the Prime Minister of Australia as “ridiculous”.
Infections grew by 41 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections in the latest outbreak to 148, as health officials have already warned that the Delta variant will be like dealing with an all-new virus.
Ardern has been criticized for the ‘unfathomable’ decision to extend the harsh lockdown on Monday in response to a spike in cases, which led to a total of eight people hospitalized.
Critics have said the strategy of trying to completely eradicate the virus through lockdown measures has always been doomed to fail when faced with the more contagious delta variant, especially with the slow rollout of vaccination in New Zealand.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has overseen similar harsh lockdowns in response to relatively few cases, told Breakfast 9News: ‘Any state and territory that thinks they can somehow protect themselves from Covid with the Delta strain forever, that’s just ridiculous.
‘I mean, New Zealand can’t do that. They were following the elimination strategy. They are in closed position. The way is to reach the marks (vaccination) 70% and 80% and open them safely.
New Zealand’s virus-free run since February ended last week after the outbreak of a variable delta outbreak in Auckland. The nation on Tuesday recorded the highest increase in COVID-19 cases since April 2020
The outbreak was recorded in Sydney over the weekend as cases grew by more than 800, close to record levels. On Monday, the health authorities said the outbreak centered in Melbourne also increased by 71 cases, and another case in the capital, Canberra, increased by 16 cases.
On Monday, Jacinda Ardern extended New Zealand’s harsh level 4 lockdown until at least Friday, and into the end of the month in Auckland.
Virus-free operation in the South Pacific nation since February ended last week after a variable delta outbreak broke out in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, and quickly spread to the capital, Wellington.
The Department of Health said a group of at least 58 people of Samoan origin linked to the Samoan Lord’s Church in Auckland were among those infected, and that the community had received racist messages on social media.
“The virus is the problem, not the people,” the ministry said on Twitter.
Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said: “Delta is different from our previous experience. It is, as we know, highly contagious and transmissible, and as we have seen, it is spreading rapidly.
Jacinda Ardern has won universal praise for eradicating Covid in the country, but her reliance on strict border controls and sudden closures has been called into question amid the recent outbreak, which occurred while only 20 percent of the population was vaccinated.
Opposition leader Judith Collins said on Monday: ‘At a time when New Zealanders are suffering one of the harshest lockdowns in the world and have lost our freedoms due to the government’s failure to vaccinate and secure borders, [the lockdown extension] By Jacinda Ardern Unfathomable.
Although most of the country will remain Level 4 closed until Friday, August 27, Auckland is destined to remain fully closed until the end of the month
Scott Morrison announced on Monday that he is Australian Countries must open their borders once vaccination rates reach 80 percent of the population aged 16 and over.
But in Western Australia, where there are no community infections, Prime Minister Mark McGowan said his government would not open its doors at the 80 per cent vaccination level if it meant reintroducing the virus.
About 24 per cent of Australians are fully vaccinated.
Prime Minister Morrison’s comments came in the wake of the outbreak in Sydney over the weekend where the number of cases increased by more than 800, close to record levels.
Health authorities said the outbreak centered in Melbourne also increased by 71 cases, and another infection rate in the capital, Canberra, increased by 16 cases.
The three cities remain closed despite widespread protests that left a number of police officers injured in violent clashes with protesters.
Violence erupted when police attempted to control protesters with pepper spray during a freedom protest on August 21, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.
More than 4,000 people attended the ‘Freedom March’ in the Australian city on Saturday morning, and by the late afternoon six officers were taken to hospital – including two with suspected broken noses, one with a broken thumb and the others with concussions. Brain – and 218 protesters arrested.
Police issued 236 fines for breaching coronavirus restrictions, and detained three people for assaulting police.