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The World Health Organization stressed Monday that the new coronavirus has not suddenly become less pathogenic, following claims by a leading Italian doctor that Covid-19 had lost some of its potency.
“That is not the case at all,” WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press briefing.
Charlotte Graham-McLay reports for the Guardian:
New Zealand has recorded an 11th consecutive day of no new cases of Covid-19, with only one case in the country still considered active.
22 people have died of the virus in New Zealand; there were no additional deaths to report on Tuesday.
No one is being treated in hospital; the one remaining sufferer is recovering at home.
New Zealand is on track to eliminate the virus after locking down the country in late March, when just over 200 cases and no deaths had been recorded. There have been fewer than 1,500 confirmed cases.
Ashley Bloomfield, New Zealand’s director-general of health, also addressed the large protests that happened in the country’s largest cities on Monday over “the tragic death of George Floyd in the USA.”
“Anyone who attended these gatherings or who is planning to be at other upcoming events and feels they may be at risk by coming into close contact with people they don’t know, should take a cautious approach and seek advice,” Bloomfield said in a statement, adding that those concerned should visit a doctor. He did not recommend those protesting quarantine themselves.