Melbourne, August 16 (Reuters) — A new outbreak of coronavirus in New Zealand continues to grow, Reuters quoted health officials as saying on Sunday, recording 13 new cases in the country that had an early triumph over the pandemic and questioning the September general election. After the virus suffocated earlier this year before becoming a health crisis and after 102 days without new infections, an abrupt resurgent in Auckland last week led to an immediate closure of the country’s largest city.
Sunday’s figures bring New Zealand’s total number of active cases to 69. Health Minister John Hipkins said at a media briefing on Sunday that the government was working to ensure adequate coverage of masks that are currently recommended but not mandatory. “We could make it mandatory and spend a lot of time enforcing what we need here is cultural acceptance among all New Zealanders,” Hipkins said.