Jacinda Ardern is on the verge of losing her job as zero-Covid New Zealand imposes additional lockdowns.
NEW ZEALAND has maintained its harsh position on the COVID-19 pandemic, despite six weeks of further lockdowns in an attempt to eradicate the virus by draconian measures.
The reason for the further lockdowns is because New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is imposing greater restrictions on citizens as the Delta variety spreads beyond of Auckland. The country’s largest metropolis, Auckland, has been under lockdown since the middle of August, with the Premier announcing 32 additional instances on Sunday.
Two cases have been reported in the Waikato region, just under 100 miles south of Auckland, prompting the region to be subjected to additional restrictions.
With the cases appearing to be spreading, a decision will have to be made as to whether Auckland and its 1.7 million residents will be quarantined from the rest of the country.
The decision to shut down the city came after a total of 1,328 cases were reported, prompting the PM to demand for a ‘quick and dirty’ solution to the problem.
The rest of New Zealand has returned to some semblance of normalcy, but the north island city’s situation remains unchanged.
“We’re doing everything we can to keep cases in Auckland and manage them there,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
The development of the Delta variant has come as a blow to Ardern, whose policy is now in question, given that New Zealand is reputed for having decreased the number of documented cases to zero last year.
Ms Ardern is believed to have responded to the doubts by claiming that the policy did not include having zero cases, but rather aggressively stamping out the virus on a long-term basis.
The PM emphasizes the importance of vaccination, claiming that if 90 percent of those who are eligible for immunization do so, the struggle to control the virus will be in a better position than it is now, with only 46 percent vaccinated.
The country’s principal flag carrier, Air New Zealand, has announced that passengers on overseas flights will be required to be vaccinated.
According to Chris Hipkins, the Covid-19 Response Minister, full vaccination will be required for non-New Zealand citizens travelling in the country starting November 1.
Ms Ardern went on to say, “We have a different approach to Covid inside.” “Brinkwire News Summary.”