Sat, 21 May 2022

WELLINGTON, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 23 new COVID-19 cases in the community on Friday, bringing the total cases in the country's current community outbreak to 11,423.

Among the new infections, 11 were recorded in the largest city of Auckland, one in nearby Waikato, eight in the Lakes region, two in Hawke's Bay and one in Nelson, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

A total of 18 cases are being treated in hospitals, including one in intensive care unit or high dependency unit.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand stood at 15,026.

The ministry reported one new possible Omicron case at the Auckland Airport which is not linked to previously reported Auckland Omicron cases.

To date, about 93 percent of the eligible people in New Zealand are fully vaccinated. From Monday, people over the age of 18 are able to book online to have their booster shot four months after their last vaccine doses.

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