New Zealand COVID-19 cases rise, denting optimism over outbreak


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CANBERRA — New Zealand said on Saturday it detected 23 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, denting optimism that the country was on course to eradicate the virus once more.

The new infections, all in the epicenter of Auckland, were up from the 11 cases detected a day earlier.

“This does serve as a strong reminder of the importance of following the COVID-19 alert level rules wherever you are, and to get tested if you have any symptoms or have been at a location of interest at the specified times,” New Zealand’s Ministry for Health said in an emailed statement.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by William Mallard)