Spent the next seven days in Auckland. Covid-19 Officials say Alert Level 4 will be “critical” in determining the next step.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hinted. The cabinet decided in principle. To maintain current alert level settings – at Auckland Level 4 and the rest of the country at Level 2 – until 11.59pm Tuesday, September 21.
At this point, Auckland Alert is ready to move to Level 3, after which any part of the country will spend a long time in lockdown. Ever since the epidemic began..
There are two “very clear tasks” to achieve, Ordner said. In the coming week: Continue with active cluster management, and increase monitoring and community testing to ensure that the epidemic is under control.
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But then what? Where does Auckland and the rest of the country go from there?
on Monday, “The signs are good,” said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health.
Yet More case number In the last three days, “which gives us reason to be careful”, test rates are good, and only A “small number” of cases are being investigated. “Very well,” he said, to make sure no community transmission continues.
“This advice is another week for Auckland at level 4, which will give us” the best opportunity to finish work here, “Bloomfield said.
“The important thing is that officials look for cases,” he said. If they find cases, they can block isolation, tests and more transmissions: “That’s exactly next week’s focus.”
“This week will be important in providing us with additional reassurance,” Arden said.
In addition to actively handling existing clusters, authorities are focusing on testing efforts. Seven suburbs of interest: Mount Eden, Macy’s, Mangere, Fiona, Star, Menoriva and Papativito.
Other suburbs could be identified in the coming days, he said.
“We want to use this week wisely: do as much as we can to continue this surveillance, making sure everyone is doing their job.”
Meanwhile, while the country’s strategy is to end, it is “our absolute concern” to vaccinate as many people as possible safely.
“We don’t need to see zero cases to move Auckland to Alert Level 3,” said Michael Baker, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Otago (Wellington).
The important thing is not to look at a significant number of unexpected cases. “As long as any new case is already in isolation, and not in the community, it is manageable,” he said.
“You can probably afford a small number, but [you] Don’t want to see too many people. “
There is something important about us. Increased vaccination rates, he said.
Although it takes weeks to develop an immune response, we are now reaping some benefits from widespread vaccine coverage, in reducing this epidemic.
Although “modest” at the moment, it will increase and “in every way” will help.
The “big question” is what happens when the epidemic is brought under control, and whether New Zealand ultimately moves toward a different strategy, Baker said.
New Zealand is one of them. Only a few countries have full control of the virus.And it has a price, he said.
Between calls for countries. Learn to live with the virus“We’re all living with it, we’re just living with it on different terms,” Baker said.
If you add cases to MIQ, Covid 19 has been in the country continuously since February last year, “We have chosen only the terms of the engagement”.
Baker said the current plan is to get more vaccination coverage and then review its options for where to go next.
“Scientists and governments are constantly learning what it is,” he said. Local disease (circulation) Looks like a highly vaccinated population.
He said it was “not looking good” in countries like the UK and Israel – both proud of the high coverage of vaccinations – which was “forcing everyone to think very hard”.
The UK had a “very good” vaccine, but is still watching. About 1,000 people have been hospitalized with Covid 19. “Every day, despite the summer, and without going back to school,” he said.
And as Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania continue to collapse, New South Wales and Victoria have changed their strategy “maybe before they like it”.
Baker said. Elimination is still the best strategy. For New Zealand at the moment
The government’s plan to achieve higher vaccination coverage and review strategy is “very good”.
That may need to change soon if the Auckland epidemic cannot be eradicated, but all indications are positive, he said: “I’m sure we will eradicate it.”