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New Zealand reports 53 new cases of COVID-19

17 Oct 2021, 11:30 GMT+10

WELLINGTON, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.

Of the new cases, 51 were community infections in Auckland and Waikato, two were imported cases detected at the border, it said.

The total case number of COVID-19 in the current Delta variant outbreak in the New Zealand community reached 1,945, including 1,886 in Auckland, 42 in Waikato, and 17 in Wellington, said the ministry.

There were 29 patients in New Zealand hospitals including five in intensive care units (ICUs) or high dependency units (HDUs).

The country has recorded 4,632 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

A record-breaking 130,002 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administrated on Saturday's nationwide vaccination campaign, said the ministry.

"It was inspiring to witness as we know the COVID-19 vaccine is key to our efforts to control the virus," said Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health from the Ministry of Health.

New Zealand's largest city Auckland is under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 restrictions, with gatherings limited to 10 people. Northland and part of the Waikato region in the North Island are also at Alert Level 3. The rest of the country is at Alert Level 2 with gatherings limited to 100 people.

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