New Zealand reports 56 new cases of Delta variant

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New Zealand reported 56 new cases of Delta variant of Covid-19 in the community on Thursday, bringing the total to 10,432 in the country’s current community outbreak.

Among the new infections, 42 were recorded in the largest city of Auckland, four in nearby Waikato, six in Bay of Plenty, one in Taranaki, one in Tairawhiti and two in the Lakes district, according to the health ministry.

A total of 48 cases are being treated in hospitals, including seven in intensive care units or high dependency units, Xinhua news agency reported citing the ministry statement.

The number of confirmed Covid cases in New Zealand stands at 13,278 currently, said the health ministry.

Around 95 per cent of eligible people in the country have received their first dose, and 91 per cent are fully vaccinated.

In light of the emerging fear of the Omicron variant, the government announced on Tuesday precautionary measures, including shortening the period between the second and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine from six months to four months.

Vaccinations for 5-11 year-olds will be available from January 17, 2022, authorities said.

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