New Zealand sees record number of new Covid-19 cases

New Zealand sees record number of new Covid-19 cases

A record number of Covid-19 infections have been recorded since the start of the epidemic in New Zealand, with 94 new cases in 24 hours.

New Zealand scored on Tuesday Record number of coronavirus cases Since the beginning of the pandemic, the delta variant has forced the archipelago to abandon the “zero-Covid” strategy.

Health authorities announced 94 new cases, a number exceeding the previous record of 89 infections recorded in April 2020, during the first wave of COVID-19.

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The number of infections has not stopped increasing since the appearance of the delta variant in mid-August, which is the most contagious, in the country.

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The epidemiological focus, which is located in Auckland, has forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to abandon her “zero Covid” strategy in favor of an intensified vaccination campaign.

The center-left leader is due to unveil a plan on Friday to ease restrictions once vaccination targets are met.

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The archipelago is protected from the epidemic … until the arrival of the delta variable

About two-thirds of the population of vaccination age was vaccinated.

“We know vaccination is already making an epidemiological difference in Auckland, but people are also following the procedures,” Ardern told reporters.

Until the arrival of Variable Delta, the archipelago was shielded from epidemic, notably due to strict border measures and an extensive tracking policy, which enabled New Zealanders in particular to benefit from a near-normal life.

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This policy has yielded, as the state, since the beginning of the epidemic, has recorded only 28 deaths out of five million people.

Ms Ardern acknowledged that the Delta variant was a “game changer”, the speed with which it spreads makes it impossible to trace contacts, and impossible to eradicate.

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