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New Zealand lockdown extended as Covid-19 outbreak worsens

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has extended a nationwide lockdown as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country rose.

The outbreak, which sent the country into lockdown on Tuesday, has spread beyond Auckland to the capital Wellington.

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New Zealand went six months without a single case of community transmission, but fears are mounting as the current outbreak continues to widen.

Ardern extended the lockdown until August 24th.

“We just don’t quite know the full scale of this Delta outbreak,” she said.

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Eleven new cases of the virus were confirmed, with three of these cases in Wellington.

The three cases in Wellington had recently traveled to Auckland and had visited locations which were identified as exposed to the outbreak.

“We want the whole country on high alert right now,” Ardern said.

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