Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warn New Zealanders

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

18th Aug, 2021. 10:14 am
New Zealand

WELLINGTON: Following six more positive Covid-19 tests, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warned New Zealanders that coronavirus will grow.

Ardern said that New Zealand was dealing with the highly transmissible Delta variant related to the Australian epidemic, which officials had so far been unable to contain.

After the first case of Covid 19 was found, Ardern claimed the quick rise to a total of seven cases justified her decision to issue countrywide stay-at-home orders on Tuesday.

She said one of the new patients was a nurse at Auckland Hospital and another was a high school teacher, both of them worked in high-risk situations where the virus might spread quickly.

“It demonstrates, at this stage, Level 4 (hard lockdown) is the right place to be,” Ardern told TVNZ.

“We’re expecting more,” she said that officials disclosed that even with severe limitations in place, modeling indicated the cluster would increase to 120 cases.

The first infection, a 58-year-old Auckland male, ended a six-month period in New Zealand without community transmission, with just 26 Covid-19 fatalities in a population of five million since the epidemic began.

Investigators are attempting to figure out how the man contracted the variant connected to Australia, according to Ardern.

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

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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