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The untold message by Dr Abiy Ahmed

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New Zealand will stick to its tough curbs to combat the coronavirus, despite some early signs the spread of the illness has been stabilizing, Prime Minister Jacinta Arden has said.

 

New Zealand started a four-week total lockdown of its population of about 5 million late in March, and declared a national emergency to slow the spread of the virus. The country's 67 new infections on Monday were the lowest in five days, taking its tally to just over 1,100. It has reported one death.

 

"Our actions for the remainder of the period in level four will be about doubling down to ensure the gains made in the first half are not squandered in the second," Arden told reporters in Wellington.

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