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Covid-19’s shining light faces dark days after mysterious outbreak

Questions abound about outbreak in New Zealand, which has had no local transmissions for months

Praveen Menon

Almost a week after the discovery of New Zealand’s first locally transmitted coronavirus outbreak in more than three months, its origin remains a mystery.

The Pacific island nation had benefited from its remoteness early in the pandemic, when prime minister Jacinda Ardern swiftly closed the international border and imposed one of the world’s toughest lockdowns. Those measures stamped out local transmission for 102 days.

Genome testing of the latest batch of infections has confirmed it is a new strain, officials have said, probably from Australia or Britain...

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