New Zealand reports first local case of COVID 19 in six months

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

17th Aug, 2021. 10:57 am
New Zealand

WELLINGTON:  On Tuesday, New Zealand reported its first domestically transmitted case of Covid-19 in six months, prompting officials to investigate the infection’s sources as they consider a response.

The case was discovered in Auckland, New Zealand‘s largest city, according to the health agency, which added that “a relationship between the case and the border or managed isolation is yet to be established.”

Ministers will gather later Tuesday to decide how to respond to New Zealand’s first community case since February 28, according to the statement. The matter was kept under wraps for the time being. New Zealand has received considerable praise for its coronavirus response, with only 26 deaths in a five-million-strong population.

Its vaccine rollout, on the other hand, has been less stellar, with only around 20% of the population completely vaccinated.

Since an initial countrywide reaction last year succeeded in effectively stopping the virus at the border, Auckland has been pushed into numerous brief periods of lockdown.

In the city of two million population, the most recent stay-at-home orders ended in the month of March.


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