New Zealanders die from COVID-19 with a record rate While the country is fighting a new wave of omicron species. and record almost 10,000 patients per day on average 7 days in a row
Health ministry data showed 151 deaths from the virus in the seven days through July 16, compared with 115 in the worst week of the previous wave in March.
in the last 24 hours 26 people have died from the coronavirus, all over 60, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The Omicron B.A. 5 variant is driving the current wave in New Zealand, which has a population of 5.1 million, Reuters reported. 64,780 cases have been reported in the past seven days, although authorities say large numbers of infections have not been reported.
professor of public health at the University of Otago And epidemiology expert Michael Baker told ABC that New Zealand’s daily mortality rate now “Very worrying”
“I think one thing that’s shocking … is the high mortality rate,” said Professor Michael Baker.
“Now it’s peaking at the highest level we’ve ever seen [with] a moving average of about 22 per day, that is, in a population of 5.1 million, that’s pretty worrisome.”
According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of confirmed COVID-19 deaths per million people, New Zealand was one of the worst performing countries this week. New Zealand has announced a change in the way COVID-19-related deaths are reported. By moving to a model that counts only patients in the mortality figures when the disease is the direct cause of death.
until last year New Zealand has adhered to a COVID-free policy. Most of the population is virus-free due to strict lockdown measures. aggressive contact tracking and border controls that detain some of their citizens outside the country.
Despite harsh criticism from some in the country over the restrictions, the country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has criticized the restrictions. has defended that rule over and over again. They said they could save lives.
But the government finally admitted last October that it could no longer be free from the coronavirus.
At that time, a country of 5 million had fewer than 30 deaths.
on thursday New Zealand reports 32 deaths from COVID-19.
Experts believe that Previously low infection levels in New Zealand due to tight coronavirus controls It’s behind the high mortality rate at the moment. Due to economic destructive measures, the infection The “inevitable” delay could be immunized, MailOnline reports.
Professor Robert Dingwall, a sociologist at Nottingham Trent University and former government adviser. told the press that experts have long said It is more fair to judge the responses of countries. Two years after the first outbreak
“New Zealand was able to prevent the first wave of infections with tight border controls. while other countries have developed and tested a vaccine,” he said.
“However, in the end, the country cannot escape the fundamentals of COVID. That is, the risk of death is strongly related to age. Vaccination relieves but does not prevent infection. And the way out of the pandemic lies in the population. Immunity from vaccinations and infections
“New Zealand’s policy may have displaced some of the deaths in other countries developing vaccines, but it was actually just an inevitable slowdown in death among their own populations. and damage the economy.”
But Dr. Simon Clark, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Reading, Told the publication that New Zealand has a high level of protection against coronavirus, about 80 percent of people have been deceived twice, compared to 75 percent in the UK and 67 percent in the US. ”Any population level immunity that may have been at the start of the pandemic with the loss of a large number of deaths It would probably be reduced by now. We need a better understanding of the behavior of the virus before we can draw any conclusions.”
Numerous vaccines have eradicated the worst disease for patients since the outbreak began. But the effectiveness of vaccines decreases when the virus mutates.