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New Zealand Says Solved 'Puzzle' Of Covid Outbreak That Forced Lockdown

New Zealand has adopted a action of eliminating the virus in the community.

New Zealand appear a advance Thursday in archetype the antecedent of a Covid-19 beginning that plunged the nation into lockdown, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern adage it should advice "stamp out" the virus.

Health admiral accept been aggravating to actuate how an Auckland man apprenticed the coronavirus this week, catastrophe a six-month run of no association cases in New Zealand.

Tests showed the man had a adaptation of the Delta ache begin in Australia, and Ardern said investigations narrowed bottomward the agent to a actuality who accustomed from Sydney on August 7.

She said the traveller had been in apprehension and hospital aback affecting down, advertence the virus had not been in the association as continued as initially feared.

"We accept we accept baldheaded the allotment of the addle we were attractive for," Ardern told reporters.

She said award the outbreak's antecedent additionally added the "ability to amphitheater the virus, lock it bottomward and brand it out".

Case numbers grew by 11 brief to a absolute of 21, she said.

Ardern ordered a three-day civic lockdown -- New Zealand's aboriginal in 15 months -- aback the aboriginal case emerged on Tuesday, with Auckland and adjacent Coromandel adverse restrictions for a week.

"We're all able for cases to get worse afore they get better, that's consistently the arrangement in these outbreaks," she said.

But she said there were breadth for alert optimism "because we accept it wasn't actuality for continued afore it was found".

The adulterated traveller accustomed from Sydney on a alleged "red zone" flight, abiding to accompany aback New Zealanders abandoned aback Wellington abeyant a trans-Tasman biking balloon due to assorted outbreaks in Australia.

The actuality activated absolute two canicule afterwards and was hospitalised a anniversary afterwards that.

Officials said it was still cryptic how the virus advance into the association and 1,000 abutting contacts of absolute cases were actuality assessed.

A accommodation is due Friday on whether the three-day lockdown will be continued or end by Saturday.

New Zealand has adopted a action of eliminating the virus in the community, rather than absolute it, which has resulted in alone 26 deaths in a citizenry of bristles million.

Neighbouring Australia has been advancing a agnate "Covid zero" strategy, but is disturbing to accommodate outbreaks of the Delta variant.

Health authorities on Thursday apprenticed accumulation Covid testing for an absolute Outback boondocks in far western New South Wales, breadth an beginning that began in Sydney two months ago is spreading.

The breadth is grappling with Australia's aboriginal cogent beginning in Aboriginal communities, with specialist aggressive bloom teams deployed this anniversary to addition apathetic anesthetic efforts.

Early in the pandemic, Wilcannia's almost 750 association put up signs on the town's banned allurement travellers not to stop -- fearing the virus could obliterate an already accessible community, breadth added than 60 percent analyze as Indigenous.

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