New Zealand Has 1st Virus Death in Over 6 Months

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -
A commercial business is closed in Sydney on Aug. 13, as greater Sydney continues a weeks-long COVID-19 lockdown. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

New Zealand reported its first coronavirus death in more than six months on Saturday, while the number of new cases continued to trend downward.

Health authorities said the woman who died was in her 90s and had underlying health problems.

Authorities reported 20 new community cases, all in the largest city of Auckland.

New Zealand remains in lockdown as it tries to eliminate an outbreak of the Delta variant that began last month.

New cases in the outbreak have steadily fallen from a peak of more than 80 each day. New Zealand has so far escaped the worst of the pandemic and has reported just 27 coronavirus deaths since it began.