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New Zealand ends tough COVID restrictions, adopt new virus control system

FILE PHOTO:Shoppers walk through a shopping district in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions are being eased in Auckland, New Zealand, Nov 10, 2021. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

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WELLINGTON, Nov. 22 (Reuters) – New Zealand will have a new system of living with the coronavirus virus from December 3, which ends strict restrictions and allow companies to operate in his biggest cityPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: on Monday.

New Zealand remained largely COVID-19-free until August, but failed to beat an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant, die Ardern forces an elimination to give up strategy and switch to treat the virus as endemic.

his biggest city Auckland has been in Lockdown for over 90 days, although some measures have been relaxed recently.

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“The hard truth is that Delta is here and not leaving, but New Zealand is healthy set to tackle it because of our high vaccination coverage and our latest safety measures including traffic light system and Vaccine Pass,” Ardern said . in a statement.

The new system shall rate regions like red, orange of green dependent on their level of exposure to COVID-19 and vaccination coverage. Auckland, the epicenter of the Delta outbreak, will start at red, making face mandatory masks and setting limits on meetings on public place.

Ardern said about 83% of in eligible New Zealanders are fully vaccinated, while 88% of their first shot.

The government previously said the country would drop lockdown measures and move to trafficlight system to control outbreaks after 90% of the in eligible population was fully vaccinated.

By with are geographical isolation, New Zealand has enforced some of the strictest pandemic restrictions among OECD countries, limiting the spread of COVID-19 and helping her economy bounce back faster than many of his peers.

The country of 5 million have reported about 7,000 cases so far in everything and just 39 dead.

To be international border is still shut and it’s unclear when it will reopen.

Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ) said on Monday is cancelled more than 1,000 flights to neighboring Australia until the end of the year due to border uncertainty.

New Zealand ended quarantine-free travel with Australia in august after a new Delta outbreak there, and has sealed its borders tightly.

“This will be very difficult news for families and friends who hoped catch up over Christmas,” said Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty.

“Our hands are tied until border restrictions ease, and we get more clarity from New Zealand government.”

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Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa and Richard Pullin

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