New Zealand church leader says she will refuse vaccine

New Zealand’s government is considering prioritising south Aucklanders in the coronavirus immunisation rollout as a controversial church leader said she would refuse the vaccine.

No new community cases of coronavirus were recorded for the third consecutive day, reaffirming the government’s cautious optimism that its localised seven-day lockdown has been effective in containing the Auckland February cluster.

The director general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, said 14,671 tests were processed on Wednesday, returning no positive results. Close contacts of the recent confirmed cases were now being tested for a second time, while contact-tracing teams followed up with “casual-plus” contacts at locations where there may have been exposure. Read more

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