NEW ZEALAND: FIRST DEATH IN THREE MONTHS

On Friday (4th September), the country of New Zealand reported its first death in more than three months due to the COVID-19. The man who succumbed to the virus on Friday afternoon was in his 50s and was admitted to Middlemore Hospital, Auckland. The death toll has now increased to 23 and the overall infections have risen to 1,406 in the country.

Ashley Bloomfield the health chief in a statement said “I acknowledge the anxiety New Zealanders may be feeling about today’s news, both in the wider community and also for the family and whanau (relatives) grieving over this death”. She further added, “Our thoughts are with his family and community at this time of loss and grief”.

The country has just witnessed a fresh outbreak of the virus with the center being the largest city of the country – Auckland. The man as per the health department was a part of the second wave cluster which had sprung from a family of four and has grown ever since.

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As the country’s 102-day spell of zero transmission comes to an end, the city if Auckland remains under a high alert and gatherings have been limited to 10 people. While other parts of the country, though witnessing social distancing norms remain under a relatively lesser alert level. Gatherings in other parts of the country are permitted up to not more than 100 people.

Keeping in purview, the rising infections Jacinda Ardern, Primer Minister of New Zealand on 4th September said that to beat the further spread of the second wave, the current restrictions shall remain in place until mid-September.

As PM Ardern said “The best economic response remains a strong health response. If we get it right we will ultimately shake off restrictions faster and lessen the risk of bouncing around”.


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