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New Zealand to Japan: pandemic status

MedExpress Team


Published July 14, 2022 12:57

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The new wave of coronavirus infections is spreading rapidly in Asia, prompting more and more people to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. The renewed strain on health systems from New Zealand to Japan is in the air.

A further increase in the number of infections, mainly with BA.4/5 Omicron variants, is a major challenge for authorities struggling with the economic effects of previous pandemic waves. The New Zealand government has announced access to free face masks and rapid antigen testing in an attempt to ease the burden on the country's health care system dealing with an influx of COVID-19 and flu patients during the winter. New Zealand, with a population of 5.1 million, currently has nearly 69,000 infected with the virus. Of these, 765 are hospitalized, resulti...

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