New Zealand registers 20 cases, Denmark grants vaccine | The Lawyer – Hepburn
New Zealand has reported 20 new cases of COVID-19, highlighting the challenge facing Jacinda Ardern’s government on the road to elimination.
Ms Ardern said she was encouraged by a drop in the number of daily cases earlier this week, with 15 Wednesday, 13 Thursday and 11 Friday.
However, the weekend saw a jump: 23 cases were reported on Saturday and 20 on Sunday.
“I want to recognize how difficult it is when the numbers jump like they’ve been in the last few days,” she said.
“It’s not a sign of failure. It’s not a sign that what we’re doing isn’t working. It just means that Delta is more difficult.
“Our overall direction is positive.”
Ms Ardern downplayed reports of “mystery cases”, saying advice from health officials was that “we still know where the vast majority of cases are coming from”.
Health officials had yet to link 34 cases to the 922-person outbreak as of Sunday.
Chief Health Officer Ashley Bloomfield said “there is no widespread community transmission” but “we suspect there may be other undetected cases” in the community.
“Yeah, we’ve seen a few cases, which… took us a little while to make a connection,” he said.
“There has been very targeted testing in communities of not only symptomatic people but asymptomatic people and that is really important to us. The volume of testing is reassuring.”
As cases have jumped, hospitalizations have fallen to half the maximum rate: 18 Kiwis are currently in Auckland hospitals with COVID-19.
The cases precede a review of COVID-19 alert levels on Monday.
While most of New Zealand has moved from lockdown to Alert Level Two, Auckland remains at Level Four, New Zealand’s toughest restrictions.
Experts predict the Auckland lockdown will continue for at least a week, and Ms Ardern said she would not consider ending the restrictions if it meant a Sydney-style explosion in the cases.
“We just have to look at Australia in some of the alternative scenarios, and those alternative scenarios still involve lockdowns, but lockdowns with a large number of cases,” she said.
“We all know why we have this goal of winning the battle against Delta… that we can come back to a place where we have those freedoms again.”
On Sunday, Ms Ardern also announced a second deal to boost New Zealand’s vaccine stocks.
After putting an additional 250,000 doses of Pfizer in reserve for Spain, New Zealand has also agreed to purchase 500,000 doses from Denmark, putting an end to any chance that New Zealand will run out of vaccine this month. this.
“We now have the supplies we need to maintain record vaccination rates in New Zealand,” Ms. Ardern said.
“There is nothing holding us back.”
Associated Australian Press