- Title: New Zealand's Ardern says lockdown working to limit Delta spread
- Date: 26th August 2021
- Summary: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (AUGUST 26, 2021) (REUTERS) HEALTH CARE WORKERS AT COVID-19 TESTING SITE VACCINATION CENTRE SIGN, CARS QUEUING PEOPLE WAITING IN CARS AT VACCINATION CENTRE
- Embargoed: 9th September 2021 05:19
- Keywords: COVID-19 Delta Jacinda Ardern New Zealand coronavirus
- Location: AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
- City: AUCKLAND, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
- Country: New Zealand
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001ERX066F
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- Story Text: New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the strict nationwide lockdown enforced to stamp out COVID-19 was helping limit the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant, even as the number of new cases rose on Thursday (August 26).
New Zealand reported 68 new cases on Thursday taking the total number of people infected in the latest outbreak to 277. Of the total cases, 263 are in Auckland and 14 are in the capital Wellington.
The entire country of 5 million is under stay at home orders, with schools and most workplaces closed until at least the end of the month.
New Zealand has been largely free of the virus since last year, barring a small number of cases in February, but that changed last week after an outbreak of the Delta variant erupted in Auckland, prompting Ardern to order the lockdown.
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