By Louise McEwan | 21 November 2017 09:00:00A flu outbreak in New Zealand has put a strain on health services across the country and is affecting the health of hundreds of thousands of people.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said the country is facing a significant risk of an influenza pandemic with more than 2,000 new cases recorded in New England in the past week.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than 100,000 people and has killed about 2,600 people, including many young children.
The outbreak has forced the closure of many health facilities across New Zealand, including hospitals, children’s homes and schools.
The NHMRC said the coronaviruses circulating in New York state, where more than 10,000 cases were reported, were likely to have spread into New Zealand from New York City, where the first case was confirmed in December.
The virus has also infected more than a dozen people in Minnesota and Minnesota hospitals.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said this month’s coronaviral outbreak in California, which started in May, is expected to last until November or December.
In New Zealand the latest coronavillae are believed to have been discovered in the city of Dunedin and are believed not to have originated from the US.
New Zealand has also reported five new cases in Victoria.
The state has reported one death from the virus and two from the coronasitis.
The New Zealand government said on Friday it was working with other countries to strengthen vaccination and has also offered financial incentives to people who take up new vaccines.
The WHO said it was concerned about the spread of coronaviremia.
“It is also important to remember that coronavid infections in New Zeland are relatively rare, and are relatively limited to a small area,” the agency said.
“While coronaviroctitis has now spread to New Zealand it is not clear if this is due to a lack of vaccination in New South Wales or other areas, or if there are additional transmission pathways that we are not yet aware of.”
“It should be noted that the outbreak was not limited to New South Australia or Victoria.”