New Zealand Reports 21 New Local COVID-19 Cases As Outbreak Grows
New Zealand recorded 21 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday as the current community outbreak of the highly communicable Delta variant continues to grow, bringing infections associated with the outbreak to 72, health officials said.
Of the 21 new cases, 20 are in Auckland, the largest city, and one is in the capital, Wellington. Five people were in the hospital, but no one was an intensive care unit.
The Pacific nation of 5.1 million is under a strict lockdown until midnight Tuesday as the outbreak has spread beyond the two key cities.
COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said around one million people have been fully vaccinated in New Zealand, after more than 50,000 doses of the vaccine were administered on Saturday.
“We continue to deliver incredible numbers that we can be proud of,” he said.
However, until the current outbreak, New Zealand’s vaccination rate was the slowest among the wealthy nations of the OECD group, with only a fifth of the population fully vaccinated.
The country has recorded only 2,660 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and 26 related deaths, according to the Health Ministry.
CNN and MSNBC’s Republican-style scathing rebuke of President Biden’s withdrawal mission from Afghanistan is sickening. His hyperbolic and unconditional opinions and comments on military matters is infuriating. Military analysis should be left to military experts. Why not just ask military and veteran professionals questions to get the facts that clarify the retirement decision-making process, instead of asking manipulative questions full of implication and negative accusations? How about emphasizing Trump’s pro-Taliban deal that allowed them to retake Afghanistan as soon as US troops left the country?