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The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

Health
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community.Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.Like other returning travelers, she spent 14 days in quarantine and twice tested negative before being returning home on Jan. 13. She later developed symptoms and tested positive.He said health officials will conduct genome testing but are working under the assumption that the case is a more transmissible variant of the virus.He said they are investigating to see whether its possible she caught the disease from another returning traveler who was staying
Woman dies in suspected New Zealand shark attack

Woman dies in suspected New Zealand shark attack

Technology
Police say a woman has died in what appears to be New Zealand’s first fatal shark attack in eight yearsByThe Associated PressJanuary 8, 2021, 6:44 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWELLINGTON, New Zealand -- A woman has died in what appears to be New Zealand’s first fatal shark attack in eight years, police said on Friday.Emergency services responded late Thursday afternoon to reports of a woman “injured in the water,” at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot 153 kilometers (95 miles) drive southeast of Auckland, a police statement said.“Indications are that she had been injured by a shark,” Police Inspector Dean Anderson said.She was dragged from the water with leg wounds and attempts to resuscitate her on the beach failed, media reported.A vacationing doctor
New Zealand declares a climate change emergency

New Zealand declares a climate change emergency

World
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- New Zealand declared a climate emergency on Wednesday as it launched a plan to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025. The motion to declare the emergency was introduced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and was passed 76-43 by Parliament in recognition of New Zealanders who have been calling "for action to protect the environment and reduce the impact of human activity on the climate," the document read. Advertisement Ardern told lawmakers that the motion was based on scientists' warnings that immediate action is necessary in order to avoid a disastrous 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature -- which she said would cause a risk to human health, livelihood and civil unrest among other negative consequences. "This is a declaration grounded in a deep sense of re...
Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand votes

Jacinda Ardern eyes majority as New Zealand votes

World
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New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown for 12 days

New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown for 12 days

World
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a 12-day extension of the country’s Covid-19 restrictions, after a cluster of cases grew to 29.There are four “alert levels” in New Zealand, and Auckland has been on Level 3 since Wednesday.The rest of the country is on Level 2, and Ms Ardern said both would be extended.New Zealand has had success containing coronavirus, and went 102 days without a community transmission. The origin of the cluster in Auckland - New Zealand's largest city with a population of 1.5 million - is still being investigated.Why 12 days?The PM said the decision to extend the restrictions was “in keeping with our cautionary approach and New Zealand's philosophy of going hard and going early”.She said