Oct 23 (Reuters) – New Zealand reported 104 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, together with the primary group case of the virus within the nation’s South Island in almost a 12 months, well being officers mentioned.
Most of the brand new infections have been reported in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest metropolis that has been underneath a strict lockdown for greater than two months. Looser restrictions are in place in a lot of the remainder of the nation of 5 million. learn extra
The dangers of an additional unfold from the case reported in Blenheim, within the north east of the South Island, remained low, well being officers mentioned, with the individual possible within the late stage of an infection.
“So far, initial case interviews have identified a small number of close contacts, who have been contacted and are currently isolating with tests arranged,” the well being ministry mentioned in an announcement.
On Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned that New Zealand will finish its strict lockdown measures and restore extra freedoms solely when 90% of its eligible inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated. As of Saturday, 70% of these eligible have been absolutely inoculated.
Once the poster youngster for stamping out COVID-19, New Zealand has been unable to beat an outbreak of the extremely infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 centred in Auckland, forcing Ardern to abandon her elimination technique and change to residing with the virus. learn extra
The variety of instances within the present outbreak reached 2,492 and New Zealand has recorded 28 coronavirus-related deaths to this point within the pandemic.