New Zealand's largest city to remain locked down
- New Zealand
New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, will remain in the strictest type of lockdown until September 21 after the government on Monday reported 33 new COVID-19 infections.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said lockdown restrictions were working to eliminate the outbreak of the highly transmissible delta variant.
"We don't want to risk the sacrifices everyone has made and all the hard work you've put in by moving to Alert Level 3 too quickly," Ardern said, referring to a relaxation of Auckland's Alert Level 4 restrictions.
The nation since last month has been battling an outbreak that came from Australia. The outbreak had grown to 955 cases by Monday with 21 infected patients in hospital and four in intensive care.
The government is pursuing an unusual strategy of trying to eliminate the virus entirely.
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