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By Lucy Craymer

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealanders are dying from COVID-19 at record speed as the country battles a new wave of the Omicron tribe that mainly affects the elderly population.

Deaths from the virus reached 151 in the seven days to July 16, compared with 115 in the worst week of the previous wave, in March, according to health ministry data. In the past 24 hours, 26 people died from COVID, all over the age of 60, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.

The Omicron BA.5 subvariant is the driving force behind the current wave in New Zealand, which is home to 5.1 million people. There have been 64,780 active cases in the past seven days, although authorities say many infections have not been reported.

Once considered a model for preventing COVID infection, New Zealand’s rapid response to the pandemic and its geographic isolation kept it largely free of the virus until late last year.

The government dropped its zero-COVID policy this year when the population was largely vaccinated. Since then, the virus has been allowed to spread.

Emergency departments, GP surgeries and medical centers are under pressure. However, data from the Ministry of Health shows that the number of hospital admissions remains below the level of the peak in March.

The government is resisting pressure from some doctors to restore curbs at public gatherings or to mandate the wearing of masks in schools.

However, the head of the Department of Education, Iona Holsted, said on Thursday the ministry had advised schools to enforce masks whenever possible when children return from vacation next week.

“We understand that implementing mask policies can be challenging, but ask that you take action to strengthen your mask-wearing policies as soon as possible,” she said.

(Reporting by Lucy Craymer; editing by Bradley Perrett)

New Zealand COVID-19 death rate at record level – The US Express News

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