For the first time since the pandemic began, New Zealand has registered more than 200 daily infections with COVID-19, the country’s health authorities announced this Saturday.
Of the 206 new infections registered by the New Zealand Ministry of Health this Saturday, 200 are in the Auckland area.
The New Zealand government is expected to ease restrictions in the area on Monday, allow shops, museums and public libraries to reopen – always using masks and social distancing – and increase the number of people who can attend a meeting open air from ten to 25, according to the NZ Herald media.
Still, authorities fear that the discovery of traces of the coronavirus in feces in the cities of Gisborne and Napier, which are currently not linked to a known case of COVID-19, could point to the presence of undetected cases in those communities on the North Island.
The country’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave a speech at the Labor Party conference by ‘The Guardian’.
As Ardern defended, the country will see “in the coming weeks” that the level of protection of the communities increases as more people are vaccinated.
According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, 77 percent of the population over 12 years of age are fully vaccinated against the disease, while nearly 90 percent have received at least one dose.
In the country of around five million people, 31 people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began.