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New Zealand’s Covid outbreak spreads amid strict lockdown

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New Zealand has been unable to beat the outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid.

Wellington:

New Zealand on Saturday reported 104 new coronavirus infections, including the first community case of the virus in the country’s South Island, health officials said.

Most of the new infections were reported in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, which has been under strict lockdown for more than two months. The rest of the country has loose restrictions for most of the 5 million.

Health officials said the risk of further spread from the case reported in Blenheim, in the north east of the South Island, remained low, with the person likely in the late stages of infection.

“So far, initial case interviews have identified a small number of close contacts who have been contacted and are currently in isolation,” the health ministry said in a statement.

On Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand will end its strict lockdown measures and restore more freedom once 90% of its eligible population is fully vaccinated. As of Saturday, 70% of eligible people had been fully vaccinated.

Once the poster child for stamping out COVID-19, New Zealand has been unable to beat an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta version of COVID-19 centered in Auckland, prompting Ardern to abandon his eradication strategy and live with the virus. was forced.

The number of cases in the current outbreak reached 2,492 and New Zealand has recorded 28 coronavirus-related deaths so far in the pandemic.

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