Auckland, New Zealand’s main city, will be re-confined from Sunday for at least seven days after new cases of Covid-19 are discovered, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Saturday. This new confinement comes less than two weeks after a three-day confinement in this city of 1.7 million inhabitants.
From Sunday morning, Aucklanders will have to stay at home except for work or for basic necessities. Schools and non-essential stores will be closed. Entrances and exits from the city will be limited. The rest of the country will be subject to level two restrictions that ban gatherings of more than 100 people and require masks to be worn on public transport.
Six months without positive cases in Auckland!
In Auckland, Jacinda Ardern said that a new case of coronavirus confirmed on Saturday is “a cause for concern” because it concerns a person contagious for a week who has not isolated. The previous lockdown, which was the first for nearly six months in Auckland, was introduced after the discovery of three cases in the city.
Since then, several people who have a connection with a school in the south of the city have reported symptoms. According to Ardern, however, the confirmed case cannot be directly linked to other positive tests recorded for two weeks. She regretted that the epidemic is progressing due to people not isolating themselves as they should. The latest case concerns someone who saw their doctor on Friday and then went to their gym.
New Zealand’s record in the fight against Covid-19 has been hailed abroad. In total, 26 deaths have been attributed to Covid-19 in this country of five million inhabitants.