New Zealand reports the second highest daily covid-19 cases in pandemics

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A citizen receives a Pfizer vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination clinic (COVID-19) in Otara during a one-day vaccination effort, which aims to significantly increase the proportion of vaccinated in the country, in Auckland, New Zealand, 16 October 2021. REUTERS / Simon Watts

October 25 (Reuters) – New Zealand reported 109 new locally acquired coronavirus cases on Monday, most of them in its largest city, Auckland, as the country saw its second worst day of daily infections since the pandemic began.

Once the poster child to stamp out COVID-19, New Zealand has not been able to beat an outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19 centered in Auckland, despite the city remaining under a strict lockdown for more than two months.

The country over the weekend also reported the first social outbreak of the virus on its southern island in almost a year, a cause of further headaches, although health officials said the risks of further spread from the fall remained low.

The increase in cases has forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to abandon her elimination strategy and move on to living with the virus, and health officials have warned of an increase in cases until vaccinations increase. Read more

As of Monday, 71% of eligible New Zealanders were completely inoculated, including 77% of Aucklanders.

Last week, Ardern said that New Zealand will end its strict lockdown measures and restore more freedoms only when 90% of its eligible population is fully vaccinated.

The number of cases in the current outbreak reached 2,681 and New Zealand has so far registered 28 coronavirus-related deaths in the pandemic.

Officials did not hold a press conference on Monday due to the Labor Day holiday.

Reporting by Shashwat Awasthi in Bengaluru; Editing Lincoln Feast.

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