Covid-19: Confinement extended again in New Zealand
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on August 18, 2021. | MARK MITCHELL - EPA - MAXPPP

The New Zealand Prime Minister believes that the peak of the spread of the Delta variant has not been reached. Thus, confinement is extended in the country.

New Zealand will extend the containment put in place to fight the coronavirus epidemic, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (August 23), saying the spread of the Delta variant has not yet peaked. .

The national level 4 containment has been extended for three days, until midnight on August 27. In Auckland, the epicenter of the outbreak, restrictions will be in place at least until August 31. “Right now, the safest option for all of us is to stay the course longer,” the Prime Minister said at a press conference. “If (the situation in) the world has taught us anything, it is to be careful with this variant of Covid-19,” she added.

107 infections in total

Contact cases of people infected with the Delta variant have been reported across the country, Jacinda Ardern said. Cases have been identified in more than 320 locations and 13,000 contact cases have been recorded, a number significantly higher than that observed in previous outbreaks. Earlier today, New Zealand reported 35 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections to 107.

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