New Zealand to end strong Covid restrictions, adopt a new anti-virus plan next week

New Zealand has not been able to overcome the emergence of highly contagious delta diversity, forcing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand will implement a new living program with Covid-19 from December 3, which will eliminate severe coronavirus measures and allow businesses to operate in the largest city, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement on Monday.

New Zealand was unable to beat the outbreak of the highly contagious delta, forcing Ardern to abandon his famous eradication strategy and switch to a plan to treat the virus as a pandemic.

Auckland, its largest city, has been closed for more than 90 days, though some routes have recently been reduced.

"The hard truth is that the delta is there and is not moving, but New Zealand is ready to deal with it because of our high vaccination rates and our latest safety measures including the traffic light system and the Vaccine Pass," Ardern said.

In the new system, regions will be placed in red, orange or green depending on their level of exposure to Covid-19 and vaccination levels. Auckland, the source of this outbreak, will start in red.

Ardern said about 83 percent of eligible New Zealanders have been completely vaccinated now and if all those people who should be shot a second time get it, that number could rise to 88 percent.

Earlier the government said the country would abandon roadblocks and adopt a new street lighting system to control outbreaks after 90% of eligible people were fully vaccinated.

New Zealand has imposed some of the strongest epidemic limits among OECD countries that have helped reduce the spread of Covid-19 so far and helped the economy recover faster than most of its peers.

The country has so far reported a total of 7,000 incidents and 39 deaths. Its international borders are still closed worldwide.

New Zealand will implement a new living program with Covid-19 from December 3, which will eliminate severe coronavirus measures and allow businesses to operate in the largest city, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement on Monday.

New Zealand was unable to beat the outbreak of the highly contagious delta, forcing Ardern to abandon his famous eradication strategy and switch to a plan to treat the virus as a pandemic.

Auckland, its largest city, has been closed for more than 90 days, though some routes have recently been reduced.

"The hard truth is that the delta is there and is not moving, but New Zealand is ready to deal with it because of our high vaccination rates and our latest safety measures including the traffic light system and the Vaccine Pass," Ardern said.

In the new system, regions will be placed in red, orange or green depending on their level of exposure to Covid-19 and vaccination levels. Auckland, the source of this outbreak, will start in red.