Record NZ virus count
WELLINGTON: New Zealand has hit triple-digit COVID-19 cases for the first time, reporting 102 new community cases.
The milestone on Thursday came paired with a new high-water mark for hospitalisations of 46.
The outbreak remains centred on Auckland, with 94 new cases and eight further cases in the neighbouring Waikato region.
Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson acknowledged the news would be tough to take for many Kiwis, particularly in lockeddown Auckland.
‘‘The ups and downs can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster,’’ he said.
‘‘We can expect to see case numbers rise.’’ The rolling seven-day average is 68 — the highest figure of the Delta outbreak.
Increased home isolation for Kiwis with COVID-19 is expected to be one of many measures unveiled on Friday when the government reveals its new reopening framework.
Auckland and much of the Waikato remain in lockdown.
Two-thirds of Kiwis are fully vaccinated.