New Zealand battles worst outbreak since last year as Delta cases rise

New Zealand authorities reported 62 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases Wednesdaythe highest number in a single day since last year as the country wrestles with a growing outbreak driven by the more contagious Delta-variant.

Verlede week New Zealand confirmed its first community Covid-19 cases since February, prompting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to announce the whole country would enter into a strict lockdown.
In just over a week, that single case has grown to a cluster of 210, met 198 cases in the country’s most populous city, Auckland, Director-General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said Wednesday. Bloomfield said 11 people from the current outbreak were in hospital with Covid-19, although none are in intensive care.
    Wednesday’s tally is the highest number of infections reported in a single day this yearat the peak of New Zealand’s outbreak last year, the country reported a record daily high of 89 nuwe sake.
      New Zealand is trying to avoid the kind of outbreak occurring in neighboring Australia, where cases have spiraled out of control in recent weeks.
        The Australian state of New South Waleswhich is currently reporting the majority of the country’s casesrecorded its worst day of the pandemic Wednesday with 919 new cases and two deaths overnight, according to the state’s Health Department.
        Like Australia, New Zealand has been slow to vaccinate. In Nieu-Seeland, minder as 20% of the population is fully vaccinated according to data collated by CNN — in Australië, oor 24% of the population are now fully immunized.
          Although New Zealand’s cases are increasing, Bloomfield said the lockdown meant infections were growing steadily, not exponentially. New Zealand is under vlak 4 inperkingits strictest measuremeaning people can only leave the house to shop for groceries, access necessary healthcare, get a Covid-19 vaccination or test, exercise in their local area, or go to work if they are an essential worker.
          It’s not unexpected to see a rise in daily case numbers at this stage,” the Ministry of Health gesê in a media release Wednesday.
          The country is also combining its tough lockdown with contact tracing and testing. Meer as 20,000 individual contacts of Covid-19 cases have been identified and 62% of them have been tested, according to the Health Ministry. There are now 480 locations of interestsor places that are connected with Covid-19 cases.
            Vir maande, New Zealand has kept the virus at bay with tough entry rules, allowing life to continue almost as normal within its borders. Almost all foreigners are banned from the country, and almost all incoming travelers must spend two weeks in a managed isolation facility at their own cost.
            New Zealand has confirmed more than 3,100 Covid-19 cases and 26 sterftes sedert die aanvang van die pandemie, volgens die Johns Hopkins Universiteit.

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