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New Zealand to extend lockdown amid rising cases

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has extended the country’s nationwide lockdown in an attempt to control the spread of the Delta variant, saying that the variant’s outbreak has yet to peak.

Ardern stated that the variant’s rapid spread meant that it was too early to lift the restrictions that were imposed last week following a virus cluster in Auckland.

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With a total of 107 cases being detected, Ardern stated, “Delta had a head start on us and we’ve needed to catch up as quickly as we could… we don’t think we have reached the peak of this outbreak,”.

The lockdown was due to end tomorrow, but it will now continue through to Friday nationwide and until the 31st of August for Auckland.

“Our plan has worked before and together we can make it work again,”.

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Ardern has previously announced plans to ease restrictions next year when vaccination rates are higher, as only 20% of the nation’s population is fully inoculated, which is one of the lowest rates in the developed world.

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