New Zealand reports 55 new local COVID-19 cases – Reuters

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 test at a testing clinic during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Auckland, New Zealand, August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall/File Photo

Oct 13 (Reuters) – New Zealand on Wednesday reported 55 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, the majority in the country’s largest city of Auckland, up from 43 a day earlier.

New Zealand had been largely virus-free, excluding a small cluster of cases in February, until a Delta outbreak in mid-August forced officials to impose a lockdown in Auckland.

Officials are looking to end strict lockdown measures once 90% of the country’s population over 12 is fully vaccinated. Some 2.49 million, or 59%, have had two doses so far.

Reporting by Renju Jose in Sydney; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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