New Zealand abandons its COVID-19 eradication strategy

New Zealand abandons its COVID-19 eradication strategy. PM Jacinda Ardern said Monday, “This is a change in approach that we will always take from time to time. The Delta (variant coronavirus) outbreak has accelerated this transition. Vaccines will support it.”

The inclusion of the highly contagious Delta variant makes it difficult for New Zealand to repeat its success last year in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases to zero. Authorities reported 29 new cases on Monday (4/10).

The majority of New Zealand’s COVID-19 cases were found in Auckland who had undergone lockdown for 50 days. “It is clear that the long period of strict restrictions does not bring the case down to zero. But eradication then was important because we didn’t have vaccinations yet,” Ardern told a news conference. “Now we have it. So, we can start changing the way.”

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has recorded 4,383 COVID-19 infections in New Zealand and 27 deaths as of Monday morning.

Worldwide, there are 235 million cases of COVID-19 and nearly 5 million deaths from the disease, Johns Hopkins said Monday (4/10).

An Israeli man receives the third injection of the COVID-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv, Israel August 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

An Israeli man receives the third injection of the COVID-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv, Israel August 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)

Israel, Sunday (3/10) said only people who had received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and a booster shot (booster) or those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 who will be considered fully vaccinated on their digital vaccine passport. Officials hope this new measure will encourage Israelis to get vaccines booster. Without the third dose recorded on the vaccine passport, they will not be allowed to enter the indoor event.

Russia reported its highest single-day death toll from the coronavirus since the pandemic began: 890 on Sunday, its national coronavirus task force said. It was the fifth day in a row that Russia reported a new daily record in terms of deaths from the coronavirus.

A medical worker shows a vial of the Sputnik V vaccine at the vaccination center in GUM, Red Square, Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2021.

A medical worker shows a vial of the Sputnik V vaccine at the vaccination center in GUM, Red Square, Moscow, Russia, July 1, 2021.

The task force also said the number of new coronavirus infections reported Sunday was the second highest this year, approaching 25,800.

Since the pandemic began, Russia has reported nearly 205,000 deaths from COVID-19, the most in Europe, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The country has a population of about 146 million and has recorded nearly 7.5 million infections, Johns Hopkins said. The UK, with a population of around 67 million, leads Europe with a record 7.9 million cases since the pandemic began. [uh/ab]

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