WORLD Snap national lockdown in New Zealand over virus case

WORLD

Snap national lockdown in New Zealand over virus case

AFP

14:56, August 17, 2021

New Zealand will move into a snap three-day lockdown after recording its first case of locally transmitted Covid-19 in six months, suspected to be the Delta variant, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday.

New Zealand has won widespread praise for its coronavirus response, recording just 26 deaths in a population of five million. (Photo: AFP)

"We have seen what can happen elsewhere if we fail to get on top of it. We only get one chance," Ardern said in a televised national address, calling the Delta strain "a game changer".

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