AUCKLAND: New Zealand reported 104 new coronavirus infections on Saturday (Oct 23), including the first community case of the virus in the country’s South Island in nearly a year, health officials said.
Most of the new infections were reported in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city that has been under a strict lockdown for more than two months. Looser restrictions are in place in most of the rest of the country of 5 million.
The risks of a further spread from the case reported in Blenheim, in the north east of the South Island, remained low, health officials said, with the person likely in the late stage of infection.
“So far, initial case interviews have identified a small number of close contacts, who have been contacted and are currently isolating with tests arranged,” the health ministry said in a statement.
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