WELLINGTON — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated on Saturday that the nation’s greatest city, Auckland, will enter into a seven-day lockdown from morning on Sunday, after a brand-new regional case of the coronavirus of unidentified origin emerged.
This comes 2 weeks after Auckland’s almost 2 million homeowners were plunged into a breeze three-day lockdown when a household were identified with the more transmissible U.K. variation of the coronavirus.
Health authorities, who might not right away verify how the individual got contaminated, stated genome sequencing of the brand-new infection was under method.
The client established signs on Tuesday and is considered having actually been possibly transmittable given that Sunday, authorities stated. The individual has actually gone to a number of public locations throughout that duration.
“Based on this, we are in the unfortunate but necessary position to protect Aucklanders again,” Ardern stated, revealing the lockdown.
Health authorities were looking for out whether the brand-new case was connected to the earlier February cluster, now at 12 infections.
The lockdown, with Level 3 constraints, will enable individuals to leave house just for important shopping and important work, Ardern stated.
Public locations will stay closed. Restrictions in the remainder of the nation will be tightened up to Level 2 constraints, consisting of limitations on public events.
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New Zealand, among the most effective industrialized countries in managing the spread of the pandemic, has actually seen simply over 2,000 cases of the coronavirus given that the start of the pandemic.
A marquee Twenty20 cricket clash in Auckland in between New Zealand and Australia, set up for Friday, will be played in Wellington without crowds, stated New Zealand Cricket.
The brand-new constraints likewise made complex the America’s Cup Event luxury yacht race set up to begin on March 6 in Auckland’s harbor. America’s Cup Event stated on Twitter it was working “through the implications.”