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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP) — New Zealand (NZ) confirmed a new community case of Covid-19 Sunday, two weeks after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the South Pacific nation had “beat the virus again.”

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the latest case involved a port-side worker who returned a positive test on Saturday afternoon.

“Because the person was tested on the day he was developing symptoms, the Ministry of Health was able to self-isolate close contacts,” Bloomfield said.

He was potentially infectious as early as Wednesday, 14 October.

The announcement came a day after Ardern’s Labour Party won a landslide election victory, with her government’s handling of the pandemic widely credited as a factor.

He was potentially infectious as early as Wednesday, 14 October.

Ahead of the vote, Ardern — whose party won 64 seats in the 120-seat parliament — had dubbed it “the Covid election.”

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