New Zealand reports biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in six weeks

New Zealand reports biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in six weeks

Asia Pacific New Zealand reports biggest rise in COVID-19 cases in six weeks Oct 14 (Reuters) - New Zealand reported on Thursday its biggest rise in COVID-19 infections in six weeks, with all cases detected in Auckland, raising prospects of a further extension of lockdown restrictions in the country's largest city beyond next week. Some 1.7 million people in Auckland are under strict stay-home orders until Monday as officials look to stamp out the highly infectious Delta outbreak, the first major spate of community cases in the country since early in the pandemic. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said the surge in case numbers in Auckland was not unexpected "but they are rising more quickly," and blamed illegal home gatherings for the spike. "Now is not the time for complacency," …
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