New Zealand marked its maximum number of new coronavirus cases in the past 18 months, according to the country’s authorities on Tuesday.
Specifically, the health authorities have registered 94 new infections, a highest number that leaves the maximum of 89 in the first outbreak in April 2020.
Of the new positive results noted this Tuesday, a total of 87 were recorded in Auckland and the other seven in the Waikato region, both in the north of the country.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recognized that the transition from low to high case numbers was “incredibly difficult” for people, but stressed that the population was “able to keep infections low” and called for measures to be followed.
With that in mind, he has indicated that health officials are investigating the link of 53 cases identified on Tuesday related to a recent outbreak in Auckland, the country’s largest city with a population of around 1.7 million, which is subject to strict conditions Restrictions since August.
With a population of five million, New Zealand has accumulated around 5,100 cases of coronavirus and 28 deaths since the pandemic began.
There are currently 38 hospitalized patients in the country, including five in intensive care units or intensive care units, reports the New Zealand Herald.
About 85 percent of the country’s eligible population have received a first dose of the vaccine, while 67 percent of New Zealand’s residents are fully vaccinated.