Thu, 09 Dec 2021

WELLINGTON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 102 new Delta variant cases of COVID-19 in the community on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country's community outbreak to 2,260.

Ninety-four of the new infections were recorded in the largest city of Auckland and eight in nearby Waikato, Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told a press conference.

Forty-six community cases are being treated in hospitals, including seven in intensive care units (ICUs) or high dependency units (HDUs), Bloomfield said.

There are 2,028 cases that have been epidemiologically linked to another case or a sub-cluster, and a further 199 cases for which links are yet to be fully established, he said.

New Zealand also reported two new cases identified at the border in recent returnees. The cases have remained in quarantine in Auckland.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand since the start of the pandemic stands at 4,956, according to the health ministry.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that Auckland and parts of Waikato will remain under the current Level 3 restrictions for another two weeks, and the rest of New Zealand will remain under Level 2.

Onsite learning at schools in COVID-19 Level 3 regions will start from next week for senior secondary school students to prepare for end of year exams, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said on Wednesday.

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