Digital Desk, Wellington. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that restrictions would be eased slightly in the largest city of Auckland from November 9, and in the nearby city of Waikato from Tuesday night. The Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying that Waikato will move from Alert Level 3 to Phase 3 at 11.59 p.m. on Tuesday.
It is because of the high vaccination rates that we can proceed with confidence, but public health measures are extremely important as we are easing restrictions, Ardern said. The Prime Minister said the vaccination rate has been increasing steadily, with less than 5,000 doses getting 90 per cent of the population to get their first dose. The government’s primary goal is to further reduce the alert level.
The latest numbers also show that 80 percent of Auckland’s eligible population has now been double vaccinated, with rates now offering greater protection. Ardern said, opening retail does not increase cases, social distancing and wearing masks, if people do not gather outside, can reduce the risk of transmission to a great extent.
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