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New Zealand goes into a Level 4 lockdown after its first case of the Delta variant is reported

New Zealand has encountered its first case of the Delta variant and is now in full lockdown.

There has not been a locally transmitted case reported in the country since February, but as of Wednesday six related cases were reported and one of the individuals works at a hospital.

142 countries have dealt with the variant so far, and New Zealand is one of the last countries to come into contact with it.


The country is in the strictest lockdown, a Level 4, and people can only leave home to exercise, grocery shop, and for medical visits.

The individual who tested positive traveled from Auckland to Coromandel.

New Zealand has some of the strictest rules surrounding COVID but has the lowest exposure and vaccine rates. Only 2,500 people out of 5 million have tested positive for COVID since the beginning.



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