New Zealand sets 90% vaccine target to end COVID-19 lockdown
WELLINGTON: New Zealand set a 90 per cent vaccination target on Friday (Oct 22) for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant. Ardern said her goal had shifted from eliminating COVID-19 to minimising its spread in the
WELLINGTON: New Zealand set a 90 per cent vaccination target on Friday (Oct 22) for scrapping lockdowns as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled a plan to open up despite the stubborn grip of the Delta variant.Ardern said her goal had shifted from eliminating COVID-19 to minimising its spread in the community by ramping up vaccinations.
She said the change meant New Zealanders would not be subject to stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns, provided they were fully inoculated."We cannot ask vaccinated people to stay home forever," she told reporters.Around 86 per cent of eligible New Zealanders have had their first vaccine dose and 68 per cent are double jabbed.
Ardern won widespread praise for her initial coronavirus response, which involved strict lockdowns, rigorous contact-tracing and tight border restrictions.The"COVID zero" policy resulted in just 28 deaths in a population of 5 million and domestic life was near normal for long periods. headtopics.com
But Ardern said it was no longer viable due to an outbreak of the highly transmissible Delta variant detected in Auckland in August."Its tentacles have reached into our communities and made it hard to shake, even using the best public health measures and the toughest restrictions we had available to us," she said.
Ardern said the new policy would give hope to almost 2 million Auckland residents who have been in hard lockdown for nine weeks."If you want summer, if you want to go to bars and restaurants, get vaccinated," she said. Read more: CNA »
Ratio of youth infected with Covid-19 up in past month; group urged not to ‘take chance’ on vaccination
SINGAPORE — Young people should not assume that they are protected from Covid-19 and thus do not require vaccinations, the Health Ministry’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak said on Saturday (Nov 20).
StephenSmiley That was fast - they were behind Australia a couple of months ago
Oxford scientists working on new Covid vaccine to target Delta variantExclusive: Early work has begun on updating original Covid vaccine, with experts saying a Delta-focused vaccine could help to better tackle widespread transmission in the UK
Slovakia's daily COVID-19 cases hit new peak since early MarchPRAGUE: Slovakia reported 3,480 new COVID-19 cases on Oct 19, its highest daily tally since March 9, health ministry data showed on Wednesday (Oct 20). Slovakia has one of the lower vaccination rates in the European Union, with just over half the adult population fully inoculated in the country of 5.5
3,862 new COVID-19 cases as Singapore reports 18 more deathsSINGAPORE: Singapore reported 3,862 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Oct 20) and 18 more deaths from complications due to the virus. This is a decrease from Tuesday\u0027s high of 3,994 new cases, which the Ministry of Health (MOH) said was the
Single-day high of 18 reported COVID deaths; 3,862 new casesThe MOH on 20 October confirmed 3,862 new COVID cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 158,587 – as well as a single-day high of 18 deaths due to the disease.
Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights new Covid-19 outbreak
Singapore reports 3,439 new COVID-19 cases and 16 more deathsSINGAPORE: Singapore reported 3,439 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Oct 21) and 16 more deaths from complications due to the virus. Among the new cases, 3,437 are locally transmitted, comprising 2,937 infections in the community and 500 in migrant workers\u0027 dormitori 😭 Something is wrong at these senior resident homes... Need to find out why the sharp rise of death cases since Aug onwards. It was under control since Apr 2020 till Jun - Jul 2021. Yes, most had underlying.medical conditions, but why only from Aug onwards?