New Zealand reports 21 new COVID-19 cases as outbreaks spread in a strict blockade


New Zealand recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. This is due to an ever-increasing outbreak in the current community of highly infectious Delta variants, with 72 outbreak-related infections and 6 outbreaks in the capital Wellington, health officials said.

Of the 21 new cases, 20 occur in Auckland, the largest city, and one occurs in Wellington due to an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland. Five people were hospitalized, but no one was in the intensive care unit.

On August 17, after the discovery of an incident in Auckland, 5.1 million people in the Pacific nation were ordered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to take a strict blockade. The blockade was then extended until midnight on Tuesday as the outbreak spread across two major cities.

All cases are linked to the first delta case (merchant) reported on Tuesday. The case has been genomically tracked to an outbreak in Sydney, Australia. But officials say the communication from the 58-year-old New Zealander is still irrelevant. Returned I flew from Sydney on August 7th and was hospitalized on August 16th.

The returnee was infected with another 20-year-old merchant and two women, all living with him. The women and sisters worked as nurses at Auckland Hospital and as teachers at Avondale University.

Since then, high school teachers, college students, nurses, and other healthcare professionals have tested positive for the virus. Some people worked while they were infected.

COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins said the government is sticking to an “elimination” strategy in confronting the Delta variant, and increasing vaccination will be one way to defeat the Delta variant. increase.

On the other hand, in countries with much higher vaccination rates, studies conducted independently of the vaccine manufacturer have reduced the effectiveness of Pfizer vaccines designed using the original Wuhan strain against delta variants and are effective. It has been suggested that sex plummets to 42%. Researchers in the United States found that Pfizer was vaccinated, reducing the chances of getting a delta variant of COVID-19 by 42%.

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Backed by a study by The New England Journal of Medicine that reported that Pfizer’s shots were 88% effective against delta variants, Pfizer reported reduced efficacy from 95% to 84%. Did.

Summarizing evidence from recent studies of mRNA vaccines, including data on Moderna vaccines, Eric Topol, director and founder of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, found that vaccines are 50-60% effective against symptomatic infections. Said that.

About one million people have been completely vaccinated in New Zealand after more than 50,000 vaccinations on Saturday, Hypkins said.

However, until the present outbreak, New Zealand’s vaccination pace was the slowest among the wealthiest countries of the OECD Group, with only one-fifth of the population fully vaccinated.

Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded only 2,660 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 26 associated deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The Epoch Times contributed to this report.