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New Zealand seeks to repeat world-beating Covid response in face of surging cases

Amid warnings of a healthcare workforce collapse, the population is being urged to recommit to pandemic measures many thought were behind them

In supermarkets and coffee queues, New Zealand’s chins are reappearing. Masks – previously a constant – have become patchy. Once-ubiquitous bottles of hand sanitiser begun to disappear. In some venues, laminated contact-tracing codes are peeling off the walls.

The country, which once embraced snap lockdowns in the face of a single Covid case, has in recent months progressively dropped restrictions and carried on as thousands of people have been infected. Now, looking down the barrel of a rising wave of infections and a growing death toll, New Zealand faces the question of whether it can reclaim its reputation for a world-beating Covid response.

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