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New Zealand Announces New Covid-19 Case Weeks After PM Ardern Claimed to Beat the Virus

File photograph of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (REUTERS)

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield mentioned the newest case concerned a port-side employee who returned a constructive take a look at on Saturday afternoon.

  • AFP Wellington
  • Last Updated: October 18, 2020, 8:09 IST
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New Zealand confirmed a brand new group case of Covid-19 Sunday, two weeks after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the South Pacific nation had “beat the virus again”.

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield mentioned the newest case concerned a port-side employee who returned a constructive take a look at on Saturday afternoon.

“Because the person was tested on the day he was developing symptoms, the Ministry of Health was able to self-isolate close contacts,” Bloomfield mentioned. He was doubtlessly infectious as early as Wednesday, October 14.

The announcement got here a day after Ardern’s Labour Party received a landslide election victory, together with her authorities’s dealing with of the pandemic extensively credited as an element.

Ahead of the vote, Ardern — whose get together received 64 seats within the 120-seat parliament — had dubbed it “the Covid election”.

She campaigned on her authorities’s success in eliminating group transmission of the virus, which has induced simply 25 deaths in a inhabitants of 5 million.

New Zealand declared in May it has crushed group coronavirus transmission, though a brand new cluster emerged in Auckland in August forcing the for a number of weeks.

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