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New Zealand ends lockdown, aims at new policy to contain COVID

14:01, 22 November 2021
New Zealand ends lockdown, aims at new policy to contain COVID Photo: Pete Maclaine/ZUMAPRESS.com/Global Look Press

New Zealand will remove lockdowns imposed on the country in mid-August as the authorities see that necessary changes are needed to stand the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Jacinda Andern said on Monday.


The Minister stated that the country has to adopt a new coronavirus response thus the strategy would be turned to containing the Delta variant instead of trying to liquidate it completely.

“The hard truth is that Delta is here and not going away,” the Minister said.

The new response to coronavirus is set to take into effect starting on December 3.

The current coronavirus response is aimed at full disposal of a virus, nonetheless, it seemed to the government the strategy wasn’t enough as the three-month-long lockdowns and restrictions on borders couldn’t bring the presence of COVID-19 in the country to naught.

The lockdown period in New Zealand began after the first case with the Delta variant was reported.

New Zealand has registered 40 fatalities with COVID-19 since the pandemic rushed into the country.