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New Zealand Confirms Highest Daily COVID Cases Since Pandemic Began in Early 2020


Despite some of the strictest COVID lockdown measures on earth, New Zealand confirmed Tuesday the highest number of cases since the pandemic began in early 2020.

“Health officials reported 94 new infections, which surpassed its record of 89 infections in a day that was reported during the early days of the pandemic and have urged residents to get vaccinated as a result,” reports The Hill.

“I know the highs and lows of cases is incredibly hard on people, particularly those in Tamaki Makaurau,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, using the Indigenous Maori name for Auckland. “I just wanted to reinforce again that we’re not powerless. We do have the ability to keep cases as low as we can.”

The country employed severe restrictions for the last four months including lockdown orders, the closure of restaurants and fast food chains, and limited gatherings inside people’s homes.

To date, 85% of eligible New Zealanders have received the vaccine.

Two men were arrested by police in New Zealand last month for attempting to smuggle a large order of Kentucky Fried Chicken into the city of Auckland, a town that has banned fast-food take-out as part of their COVID lockdown orders.

“Police said they found them with a car boot-full of Kentucky fried chicken and over $100,000 in cash as they tried to cross the border into Auckland despite New Zealand’s strict Covid-19 lockdown,” reports The Guardian.

“The men were arrested after allegedly trying to flee from police near the Auckland border. When their car was searched, police said they found a large quantity of KFC, as well as the cash and a number of empty ounce bags,” adds the British newspaper.

Read the full report at The Hill.

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6 responses to “New Zealand Confirms Highest Daily COVID Cases Since Pandemic Began in Early 2020”

  1. r_daneel says:

    My god.. smuggling in fried chicken! We will arrest ANYONE who dares such a thing! We will not rest until every fast food smuggler is captured and brought to swift justice!

  2. Maiafay says:

    Vaccine is leaky. Which is why there’s an uptick everywhere this crap is being peddled and taken in high numbers. It’s why there will always be variants because the vaccine doesn’t kill all the virus. Some is left over and that mutates to survive. It’s like killing 95% of the bees in a hive, but leaving a queen and a few workers. What do you think will happen the next summer when you mow the lawn? You’ll get stung by bees from a renewed and probably BIGGER hive.

    Also…everyone ignores India which introduced Ivermectin and got their numbers under control.

  3. Pahootee says:

    I believe south park made an episode where KFC was illegal.

  4. DemonEyesJason says:

    I think a lot of us saw this when New Zealand was being held up as a beacon of handling this right. It was obvious the only reason they were able to keep their cases down was their extreme precautions but as soon as they laxed them, they were going to get hit. Granted everyone went down the vaccine route and seemed to think it was going to be a miracle cure, but I know I’ve never had any sort of confidence it would do anything due to how past coronavirus vaccines performed. And we’re seeing exactly that happen right now.

  5. WeaponizedMemes says:

    I get that they’re essentially a small, ‘vulnerable’ island and so they wanted to be more cautious than other nations. But c’mon, grow a pair, New Zealand.

    You wanna end this pandemic? Stop worrying about it.

  6. PolishMP731 says:

    85% vaxxed, and new record high of cases? Interesting….