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COVID-19: New Zealand reports first Covid death in over six months

New Zealand has reported its first Covid-19 death in over six months today after a woman in her 90s died in an Auckland hospital on Friday night.

The woman, who had underlying conditions, could not receive a ventilator or intensive care support.

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She is the 27th person to die with Covid-19 in the country and the first since the 16th of February.

However, health authorities have indicated that the spread of the Delta variant is being brought under control, as the country has been battling an outbreak since the first locally transmitted case in six months was detected last month, placing the country into a nationwide lockdown.

The majority of the 782 cases that have been reported have come from Auckland, which still remains bound to high-level restrictions while the remainder of the country begins to ease restrictions.

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In response to the country’s first death in over six months, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated, “The death is a deeply sad reminder of why the measures we are taking now are so important”.

“Our older New Zealanders and those with underlying health issues are by far the most at risk from the virus, and one of the reasons lockdowns are such an important tool to stop its spread.”

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