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NZ drops COVID-19 elimination strategy
New Zealand on Oct. 4 abandoned its long-standing strategy of eliminating the coronavirus amid a persistent delta outbreak, and will instead look to live with the virus and control its spread as its vaccination rate rises.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a cautious plan to ease lockdown restrictions in Auckland.
The Pacific nation was among a handful of countries to bring COVID-19 cases down to zero last year and largely stayed virus-free until an outbreak of the highly infectious delta variant in August. (Reuters, AP)
UK lab suspended for COVID-19 test mistakes
A COVID-19 testing laboratory in central England has been suspended over concern that it has been incorrectly giving negative PCR test results to people who are infected, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said Oct. 15.
NHS Test and Trace launched an investigation into a lab in Wolverhampton after reports of people getting negative PCR test results after testing positive on rapid lateral flow devices.
UKHSA said that an estimated 43,000 people may have been given incorrect PCR test results. (Reuters)
These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.