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‘We count on issues to worsen earlier than they get higher’: New Zealand reinstates lockdown on largest metropolis amid 2nd wave of Covid-19

‘We expect things to get worse before they get better’: New Zealand reinstates lockdown on largest city amid 2nd wave of Covid-19

New Zealand has reintroduced strict quarantine guidelines in Auckland after the primary locally-transmitted coronavirus instances have been detected within the nation in additional than 100 days.

The three-day Degree three lockdown began within the nation’s largest metropolis on Wednesday. Residents are allowed to go away their properties just for important journey, similar to choosing up groceries, or if they can not work remotely. Eating places, bars and different non-essential institutions should be closed, and colleges will not be allowed to open. In the meantime, the remainder of the nation has been put beneath Degree 2 alert, that are much less restrictive.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced the tightening of quarantine guidelines in Auckland after new Covid-19 instances have been registered within the nation for the primary time in 102 days.

All 4 instances belong to the identical household, which had just lately gone on a vacationer journey to the city of Rotorua, when one member was symptomatic. Throughout their keep, they checked right into a resort and visited a number of locations, together with cafes and diners. General, authorities recognized greater than 200 shut contacts of the household throughout that interval.

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Director-Normal of Well being Ashley Bloomfield stated that the household has been remoted. In the meantime, the variety of optimistic Covid-19 instances has grown to 17 on Thursday. The vast majority of them have been linked to the preliminary 4 instances in Auckland.

“As with our first outbreak, we do have an expectation that issues will worsen earlier than they get higher,” Ardern stated. “Modeling suggests that we are going to nonetheless see extra optimistic instances. At this stage, although, it is heartening to see them in a single cluster.”

New Zealand has been hailed as one of many nations that had efficiently gotten the an infection beneath management, with lower than 1,600 instances and simply 22 deaths because the begin of the outbreak. Authorities are actually ramping up testing and contract-tracing, fearing that there could also be extra Covid-19 hotspots throughout the nation.

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