New Zealand reports four more COVID-19 cases as delta variant spreads


The deserted main street of Devonport on August 18, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand, when Auckland awoke to a level 4 blockade and four more incidents. (Fiona Goodall / Getty Images)

Wellington — New Zealand said Wednesday that four additional cases of COVID-19, including Auckland hospital staff, were confirmed overnight.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the country to five, a government spokesman confirmed.

Currently, all cases have been identified as delta variants and are linked to the original case reported on Tuesday.

A local COVID-19 infection was reported in New Zealand for the first time in six months on Tuesday, and snap lockdowns were ordered nationwide.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the country would be blocked for at least three days and the largest city, Auckland, would remain blocked for seven days.

By Praveen Menon