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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has extended strict nationwide COVID-19 lockdown by saying that current spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus had not yet risen.
The national lockdown was extended by three days in New Zealand until midnight on Aug. 27 while Auckland, the epicentre of the outbreak, will have restrictions in place at least until Aug. 31, 2021.
“The safest option for all of us right now is to hold the course for longer,” Ardern said at a news conference. “If the world has taught us anything it is to be cautious with this variant of COVID-19,” PM said.
PM Ardern said contacts in the community by people infected with the Delta variant were reported all over the country. There are more than 320 locations of interest linked to the outbreak and 13,000 contacts have been recorded, far more than in previous outbreaks.