For the record NZ had a binding constraint on supply of vaccines which has held back vaccination rates to 30% only not the high rates in developed countries elsewhere. Therefore although vaccinations have really accelerated now NZ will need a couple months to reach 70 to 80 %. In the meantime therefore more lockdown is the sole weapon to fight the Variant and there is one cluster only. NZ and NZD therefore vulnerable to news of another cluster.
NZ PM Ardern: NZ Lockdown Extended Until Midnight August 27th
NZ PM Ardern: NZ Lockdown Extended Until Midnight August 27th— LiveSquawk (@LiveSquawk) August 23, 2021
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NEW ZEALAND PM ARDERN: PARLIAMENT IS TEMPORARILY HALTED FOR A WEEK.— Breaking Market News ️ (@financialjuice) August 23, 2021
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New Zealand will remain at level 4 for an additional four days, until 11.59pm 27Aug; Auckland will remain in alert level 4 until 11.59pm 31Aug
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says six days into the outbreak, the government has identified the source of the outbreak as a returnee from NSW who was at the Crowne Plaza before being transferred to quarantine at the Jet Park. "We'll continue with that investigation and update you as we go." She says testing during the six-day period is a record "by quite some way", and accounts for about 3 percent of the population. Some 108,000 tests have been taken in Auckland, she says, and thanks those who waited in queues, saying with additional testing centres being stood up wait times are starting to reduce. "With Delta, ... (full story)