Ardern said while the transition to living with the virus was always a move New Zealand was going to make, the Delta variant had “accelerated” the change. The New Zealand leader didn’t say exactly when the transition from the zero-Covid strategy would begin, but she emphasized the country was “not there yet.”
“We need more people fully vaccinated, across more suburbs and more age groups,” Ardern said.
少なくとも 49% of the country has been fully vaccinated, 一方 79% have had their first dose, according to New Zealand’s Health Ministry.
Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Ardern said New Zealanders would require vaccine certificates to access public events such as music festivals and other large gatherings, from as early as next month.
“If you are booked for a summer festival, this is a warning or a heads up, go and get vaccinated,” 彼女は言いました.
New Zealand is joining several other countries in the Asia-Pacific region that have recently announced plans to live with the virus.
Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in August the country would start easing restrictions once it reached its national vaccination targets of up to
そして先週, he announced a roadmap that could see Australia’s borders reopen to fully vaccinated citizens and permanent resident sometime in November
. International arrivals for non-citizens are not expected to resume until next year
Speaking to reporters Monday, Ardern said she had no regrets about enforcing New Zealand’s zero-Covid strategy over the past 18 months because it had saved lives.
“Elimination was important because we didn’t have vaccines. Now we do,” 彼女は言いました.
Record cases in Australia
New Zealand’s announcement comes days before the expected relaxation of tough Covid restrictions in Sydney, Australia’s largest city and capital of the state of New South Wales (NSW).
Sydney has been under lockdown for more than three months, but NSW authorities have said that once 70% of the state’s population over 16 are double vaccinated, restrictions will lift for those who have had their shots.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said it was likely that date will be October 11, with additional restrictions to be relaxed once the state hits an 80% double vaccination rate. The state is expected to fully open up on December 1.
Covid-19 infections have dropped in NSW ahead of the expected reopening, と 608 confirmed cases reported Monday. But amid the optimism in Sydney, the neighboring state of Victoria is experiencing record numbers of new infections.
Victoria, home to Australia’s second largest city, メルボルン, 報告 1,763 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. That’s the highest daily number in Australia during the pandemic, and brings the total number of cases reported by the state to 44,251. The death toll is 877.
Despite being in lockdown since August
5, Melbourne has struggled to bring the virus under control
. Officials said a major sporting event in September led to a new wave of cases after people ignored restrictions to celebrate the occasion
火曜日に, Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews said he still intends to ease many restrictions once the state reaches a
70% double vaccination rate
, hopefully in late October.
“We want to get to 70% double dose, as quick as we can, その後 80%, be open, be free, normalize this,” 彼は言った.