After being coronavirus free for 102 days, New Zealand reports four new coronavirus cases. The origin of the transmission seems to be unknown and is being deemed locally transmitted so far.
New Zealand has been admired globally for its stealthy action towards containing the Covid-19 virus. However, the coronavirus free streak was broken after 102 days. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said that four new cases had been detected in a family in the city of Auckland. None of the family traveled internationally. The origin of the virus is unknown so far.
The city of Auckland has gone into another three days of lockdown, starting 12th August at noon. The lockdown is of Level 3, i.e businesses, restaurants, bars and non-essential shops as well as schools will remain shut. Only essential activity will be allowed. ” In line with our precautionary approach, we will be asking Aucklanders to take swift actions with us,” said Arden.
The lockdown will remain in place until Friday midnight. The rest of New Zealand will be put under Level 2 restrictions. A gathering of no more than 100 people will be permitted. Appropriate social distancing is to be maintained in museums, gyms, pools ,and public areas.
“We have been preparing for the time and the time is now. The health system is well prepared” said Dr. Bloomfield. “The lockdown will give health officials the appropriate amount of time to conduct assessments and contact tracing,” said Jacinda Arden.
So far, New Zealand reported 1570 cases and 22 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.
Globally the cases have reached over 20 million with over 740 thousand people dead.