Tue, 30 Nov 2021

WELLINGTON, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 65 new Delta variant cases of COVID-19 in the community on Friday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections in the country's community outbreak to 1,855.

All the new infections were recorded in the largest city Auckland, according to the Ministry of Health.

Thirty-four community cases are being treated in hospitals, including six in intensive care units (ICUs) or high dependency units (HDUs), said a ministry statement.

There are 1,712 cases that have been clearly epidemiologically linked to another case or a sub-cluster, and a further 107 cases for which links are yet to be fully established, it said.

New Zealand also reported one new case identified at the border in recent returnees. The case has remained in quarantine in Auckland.

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand since the start of the pandemic stands at 4,538 currently, according to the health ministry.

A National Day of Action for COVID-19 vaccination will be held on Saturday. The government is asking everyone in New Zealand to either get vaccinated or support someone to get vaccinated as part of the "Super Saturday" campaign, or Vaxathon.

There will be more than 120 extra vaccination sites to open, with many sites operating with extended hours and events and prizes on offer from around the regions. Incentives include free pizza, snacks and shopping center coupons.

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