WELLINGTON, May 1 (Xinhua) – New Zealand reported the first case of Omicron BA.4 infection at the border amid 12,699 cases of infection in the community over the weekend, the health ministry said on Sunday.

It has been confirmed that a person who has traveled from abroad to New Zealand has an Omicron BA.4 option. This is the first known discovery of this option in New Zealand, the ministry said in a statement.

Two other Omicron variants, BA.2.12.1 and BA 2.12.2, were also found in two individuals who returned to New Zealand from travelers who arrived in April, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, 13 people with COVID-19 have died in the country over the past two days amid new cases in the community.

In addition, 138 new cases of COVID-19 were detected at the New Zealand border over the weekend, the ministry said.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 933,464 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the country.

New Zealand is currently under the orange settings of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, where there are no restrictions on meetings.

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