WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand marked 100 days without domestic transmission of the coronavirus on Sunday, but warned against complacency as countries like Vietnam and Australia that once took control of the virus are now cope with the resurgence of infections.
FILE PHOTO: People walking on Lambton Quay Street in Wellington, New Zealand July 23, 2020. REUTERS / Praveen Menon
New Zealand̵7;s successful fight against COVID-19 has made the Pacific island nation of 5 million people one of the safest places in the world right now.
New Zealanders are back to normal life, but authorities are concerned that people are now refusing to experiment, not using government contact tracking apps and even ignoring defense rules. basic birth.
“Achieving 100 days without transmission in the community is an important milestone, however, as we all know, we cannot be complacent,” said General Manager, Health Division, Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said.
“We have seen abroad how quickly the virus can re-emerge and spread where it was previously controlled, and we need to be prepared to quickly put it down,” he said. Any case in the future in New Zealand, ”he said.
New Zealand has 23 active cases in managed quarantine facilities, and 1,219 COVID-19 cases to date.
Vietnam, three months gone without detecting any transmission in the country, is now racing to control a new outbreak in Da Nang.
Australia’s second-largest neighboring city, Melbourne, was shut down for six weeks due to a spike in cases. The second wave of cases in Melbourne is largely the result of quarantine flaws.
“For countries like Australia and New Zealand, the origins of such outbreaks can be from managed quarantine and quarantine facilities because of the large numbers of people detained there and the large number of people being held there. members take care of them, ”said Professor Michael Baker. in Public Health at the University of Otago.
There have been instances of New Zealanders returning stealthily escaping the quarantine and other security slips.
Last week, New Zealand stepped up testing at quarantine facilities and clinics, and began researching technology to track people using Bluetooth technology.
Ardern started his reelection campaign on Saturday and called it the ‘Covid election’.
But the increase in cases due to “tired Covid” could cause backlash against her and give the opposition a chance to return to the election.
Replaced by Praveen Menon; Edited by Michael Perry