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New Zealand abandons long-standing strategy of eliminating coronavirus

Oct 04, 2021

New Zealand on Monday abandoned its long-standing strategy of eliminating coronavirus amid a persistent delta outbreak, and will instead look to live with the virus and control its spread as its vaccination rate rises.

The Pacific nation was among just a handful of countries to bring COVID-19 cases down to zero last year and largely stayed virus-free until an outbreak of the highly infectious delta variant in mid-August frustrated efforts to stamp out transmission.

“With this outbreak and delta the return to zero is incredibly difficult,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference in a major policy shift.

“This is a change in approach we were always going to make over time. Our delta outbreak has accelerated this transition. Vaccines will support it.”

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