New Zealand has 1st coronavirus loss of life in three months

Wellington (New Zealand), September 4

New Zealand reported its first loss of life from the coronavirus in additional than three months on Friday.

Health authorities stated a person in his 50s died at an Auckland hospital the place he was being handled for the virus following a small outbreak within the metropolis that started final month. New Zealand has reported greater than 1,700 circumstances and 23 deaths.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced on Friday that New Zealand would hold its present coronavirus restrictions in place till at the least mid-September as a precaution.

Authorities had earlier lifted a lockdown within the metropolis of Auckland following an outbreak there that started final month, however they proceed to restrict gathering sizes throughout the nation and mandate that individuals put on masks on public transport.

“As with last time, a cautious approach is the best long-term strategy to get our economy open and freedoms back faster in the long term,” Ardern stated.

New Zealand reported 5 new virus circumstances on Friday, two amongst returning travellers already in quarantine and three related to the Auckland outbreak.

Ardern additionally stated she’d just lately been speaking with different world leaders, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in regards to the hazard of individuals experiencing “lockdown fatigue. — AP

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