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NZ Covid strategy in doubt amid Delta spread

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 22nd August, 2021 08:37:08 PM
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NZ Covid strategy in doubt amid Delta spread

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The arrival of the highly infectious Delta variant "does raise some big questions" about New Zealand's pandemic response, a minister has said.

Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said the variant "changes the game considerably" and makes existing protections "look less adequate".

It comes as the country announced a further 21 confirmed cases in the latest outbreak of the virus, BBC reported.

New Zealand had gone six months without a single Covid infection.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, there have been 3,016 total confirmed cases in the country, and 26 reported deaths.

But authorities recently announced a snap lockdown after one man tested positive in Auckland with the Delta variant.